Macbeth

Student matinee performances May 24-June 1 | Public Performance: June 1 at 7pm

Carling-Sorenson Theater, Babson College, Wellesley

By William Shakespeare

Directed by David R. Gammons

Supernatural influences stir in the land, spurring Macbeth and his wife to climb a violent ladder to power. Ambition, fear and guilt collide as they struggle to maintain their grasp and dire consequences for their bloody deeds loom ever closer.

About Student Matinees

Student matinee performances will be held the following days/times. To inquire about booking or for any questions about student performances, please email Victoria Townsend at vtownsend@commshakes.org

Thursday, May 24 at 10am (limited availability)
Friday, May 25 at 11am
Tuesday, May 29 at 10am (very limited availability)
Wednesday, May 30 at 10am (very limited availability)
Thursday, May 31 at 10am (limited availability)
Friday, June 1 at 10am (currently sold out)

Tickets for student matinees are $8.00 per person (student or chaperone)

About CSC2

Commonwealth Shakespeare Company’s Stage2 Performance Series provides the opportunity for students and their teachers to attend high-quality live theater created with them in mind. These abridged productions use Shakespeare’s original text, and focus on the themes and stories that will resonate most with young audiences. Performed by our young professional CSC2 Acting Company, these performances bring together the next generation of of actors with the next generation theater goers.

CSC2 is a company of young actors that works with Commonwealth Shakespeare Company to further develop skills in classical acting through performance, artistic and professional development, and through different educational and coaching settings.  The ensemble is built of twelve, non-Equity, early-career actors with some professional experience. 

Creative Team

David R. Gammons
Director and Scenic Designer
David R. Gammons
Director and Scenic Designer
William Shakespeare
Playwright

Bio Coming Soon.

Jeff Adelberg
Lighting Design
Jeff Adelberg
Lighting Design

Jeff Adelberg (Lighting Designer) returns to Commonwealth Shakespeare after designing Julius Caesar last season. Other recent work: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the NightTime, Hand to God, Dogfight (SpeakEasy Stage Company); Man of La Mancha (New Repertory Theatre); Rhinoceros (Boston Playwrights’ Theatre); Beckett Women: Ceremonies of Departure (Poets’ Theatre at the MAC Belfast, Northern Ireland); Edward II, God’s Ear (Actors’ Shakespeare Project); Constellations, When January Feels Like Summer, mr. g (Underground Railway Theater); She Loves Me, Altar Boyz, Mame (Greater Boston Stage Co.); Finish Line (Boston Theatre Co.); The Importance of Being Earnest, Arcadia and The Children’s Hour (The Gamm Theatre); and Boston’s Christmas Revelssince 2010. A graduate of the University of Connecticut, Mr. Adelberg teaches at Boston College and Brandeis University. www.jeffadelberg.com

Miranda Giurleo
Costume Design
Miranda Giurleo
Costume Design
Nathan Leigh
Sound Design
Nathan Leigh
Sound Design
Rachel Corning
Stage Manager
Rachel Corning
Stage Manager

Rachel Corning (Assistant Stage Manager) returns to Commonwealth Shakespeare Company for Old Money after working on CSC’s productions of Death and the Maiden ,Our American Hamlet and Beckett in Brief in the same position. Last summer, Rachel had the opportunity to serve as Stage Manager for CSC’s Apprentice Program touring production of Henry IV. Other recent Production Assistant and Run Crew credits include The Music Man, Young Frankenstein, Evita, 42nd Street, and A Christmas Carol at North Shore Music Theatre in Beverly, MA. As a graduate of Simmons College with a degree in Media Arts, Rachel also does graphic design for the Ipswich Middle and High School drama clubs in her hometown of Ipswich, MA.

Cassie Foote
Assistant Director
Cassie Foote
Assistant Director
Chris Webb
Fight Choreographer
Chris Webb
Fight Choreographer

Carling-Sorenson Theater
19 College Drive Babson College
231 Forest Street
Babson Park (Wellesley), MA 02457

Driving Directions to Babson College/Sorenson Center for the Arts

From the east: Take the Massachusetts Turnpike to Exit 15 (Interstate 95/Route 128). After the tolls, follow signs to Route 95/128 South to Exit 21 (Route 16 Newton/Wellesley) …

From the west: Take the Massachusetts Turnpike to Exit 14 (Interstate 95/Route 128). After the tolls, follow signs to Route 95/128 South to Exit 21 (Route 16 Newton/Wellesley) … From the south: Follow Route 95/128 North to Exit 21 (Route 16 Newton/Wellesley) …

From the north: Follow Route 95/128 South to Exit 21 (Route 16 Newton/Wellesley) …

Then … At end of the off ramp, follow signs for Route 16 West (Washington Street). Continue on Route 16 West for 2 miles through Newton Lower Falls and Wellesley Hills. Turn left onto Forest Street and follow for 1 mile to Babson College; the main entrance is on the right. Turn left onto Map Hill Drive and park in the Trim Parking Lot. The theater is a short walk away, on College Drive.

Trim Parking Lot is the best place to park when attending events at the Sorenson Center for the Arts.  As you enter on Forest Street, make a left at the first stop sign unto Map Hill Drive.  On your right will be a smaller lot, Hollister Lot. If there is space available, patrons may park there.  However, Trim Parking Lot is preferred which will be on the left hand side after you pass the Hollister lot.  To walk to the theater, walk back towards the stop sign and make a left at the Hollister building.  Continue walking straight past Reynolds Campus Center and the Sorenson Center for the Arts will be the next building.

Handicap parking is available in the Hollister Lot, on Map Hill Drive.  We also recommend that patrons with mobility issues be dropped off in front of the theater before your party finds parking in Hollister or Trim lot for your convenience. 

From the Amtrak Terminal at South Station

You have two options:

1) Take the Framingham/Worcester Commuter rail to Wellesley Hills. From South Station, take the Framingham/Worcester commuter rail to Wellesley Hills. Depending on the time of day, regularly scheduled trains leave South Station at ½ to 2-hour intervals (Monday-Friday), and 1-to 3-hour intervals (Saturday and Sunday). The trip takes approximately 30 minutes. Purchase your ticket in the station. Then, call a taxi from Wellesley Hills. (See Area Taxis, below.)

2) Take the “T.” From South Station, take the MBTA subway Red Line inbound two stops to Park Street. Walk upstairs and take the Green Line outbound Riverside D train to Woodland, the next to last stop on the D line. Allow an hour for the trip. Then, take a taxi from Woodland to Babson. (See Area Taxis, below.)

For complete information about Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) services, including specific maps, schedules, and fares for trains, buses, and subways, please visit the MBTA web site.

By Taxi

Veteran’s Taxi (781) 449-8294 Wellesley Transportation (781) 235-2200 The Babson campus is handicap accessible.

What is the running time of the production?

The performance runs approximately 90 minutes without intermission.

For student matinees, each performance is followed by a talk back with the cast which will last no more than an additional half hour. Schools may choose to be dismissed before or after the talk back and can indicate this preference when booking.

What ages is the production appropriate for?

Stage2 productions are presented using Shakespeare’s original text, cut for length to approximately 1.5 hours without intermission. Our cuts focus on highlighting the themes, ideas and language that will resonate strongly for a student audience. Our creative team and performers make choices that serve to illuminate the storytelling for this audience without “watering down” the source material.

This year’s Stage2 production is created with a high school audience in mind. Macbeth touches on themes and imagery of violence which may be challenging for younger viewers; however, we encourage educators and/or parents to read the play being presented and make the best choice for their students of any age. Please use the information and graphic below to gain a better idea of what to expect from this year’s play.

Macbeth touches on themes that should be considered when deciding if this play is appropriate for your students. Macbeth’s plot contains many acts of violence depicted and/or described on stage. Scenes will include: staged-combat, blood, murder and suicide. Strong design choices, including dynamic lighting and sound, will reinforce these story elements. We recommend discussing the context of these scenes with your students before and after you view our production.

 

Is there handicap seating available?

Yes, there are several locations in the theater to accommodate wheelchairs.  For evening performances, call the box office at the Sorenson Center for the Arts to purchase these locations at 781-239-5880.

For student matinees, please indicate any seating needs during booking.

Are assisted listening devices available?

Yes, visit the box office for assisted listening devices.

When should I arrive?

The theater will open for seating roughly a half hour before curtain time.

We advise you give yourself plenty of time for parking and walking to the theater.

Where should I park?/How do I get to the theater after parking?

Trim Parking Lot is the best place to park when attending events at the Sorenson Center for the Arts.  As you enter on Forest Street, make a left at the first stop sign unto Map Hill Drive.  On your right will be a smaller lot, Hollister Lot. If there is space available, patrons may park there.  However, Trim Parking Lot is preferred which will be on the left hand side after you pass the Hollister lot.  To walk to the theater, walk back towards the stop sign and make a left at the Hollister building.  Continue walking straight past Reynolds Campus Center and the Sorenson Center for the Arts will be the next building.

For student matinees, buses may drop off and pickup directly in front of the theater. Arrival/dismissal instructions will be sent with your booking confirmation.

Are concessions available?

Although there is no food or drink permitted in the theater, food and drink are available for purchase in the Reynolds Campus Center next to the Sorenson Center for the arts.

For student matinees, students may bring bagged lunches to store under their seats for the duration of the show. No food or drink is to be consumed in the theater during the performance. If your school group would like to secure a space for students to eat in after the performance, please let us know at time of booking.

Are shows delayed or canceled for weather?

Audience and actor safety is our main concern.  In cases of heavy snow or extreme weather, we will cancel and try to reseat patrons into an alternative performance date.  Weather updates can be found on the homepage of our website, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

For student matinees, a member of our Audience Services team will be in touch with school group’s lead chaperone should there be any changes or cancellations to the performance.

If I miss the show, what are my options?

To reschedule for evening performances, call the box office at the Sorenson Center for the Arts at 781-239-5880 at least one business day before your reservation.  We will make our best efforts to seat you in another performance.  Seating will be based on availability.  It is not our policy to refund tickets but we are happy to reseat you on another date.  If you miss a production altogether, we will reseat you in an alternative production of your choice based on availability.

Can I take photos or video?

The taking of photos or video is strictly prohibited.

How can I support Commonwealth Shakespeare Company?

to make a donation or call 617-426-0863.  Click on the Ways To Give tab on our website to learn more about upcoming fundraising events and ways to get involved.

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