With ‘Macbeth’ a hit, Quintessence extends the run

Posted 4/11/24

Quintessence Theatre's production of Macbeth has received such an electrifying response that the company is extending its run through April 28.

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With ‘Macbeth’ a hit, Quintessence extends the run


Quintessence Theatre's Season XIV production of Macbeth has received such an electrifying response from audiences that the company is extending its run with additional performances through April 28. 

The production also has earned a Barrymore Recommended accolade from the Barrymore Program for Excellence in Theatre, adjudicated by Theatre Philadelphia. This marks the fifth Barrymore Recommendation for Quintessence Theatre this season.

I can't remember the last time we received such a visceral response from our audience, often collectively leaping to their feet and cheering at the end of each performance,” said Alex Burns, the company’s producing artistic director.

The production also has drawn new patrons to the regional repertory theater, he said, which is “promising for the future of the classics and for theatre in Philadelphia.”

William Shakespeare’s Macbeth delves into the tale of a war hero turned king and his ambitious wife, lured by a prophecy of greatness, as they navigate murderous tyranny to seize political power. The play carries a lore of a curse, leading many to refer to it as “The Scottish Play.” 

Burns' production features an all-male cast of 11 actors and a team of Philadelphia-based special effects designers. Notable cast members include Daniel Miller as Macbeth, Scott Parkinson as Lady Macbeth, Lee Thomas Cortopassi as MacDuff, and Christopher Patrick Mullen as Duncan, among others.

Burns also designs the set and sound and has assembled a talented team including costume designer Kelly Meyers, lighting designer Anthony Forchielli and choreographer Jessie Jones.

The extended performances for Macbeth are scheduled as follows: Friday, April 26 at 7:30 PM; Saturday, April 27 at 2 PM and 7:30 PM; and Sunday, April 28 at 3 PM. All shows take place at Quintessence’s home at the historic Sedgwick Theater, 7137 Germantown Avenue in Mt. Airy. Tickets start at $50 and can be purchased online at www.quintessencetheatre.org, with discounts available for seniors, students, active military and groups.

Macbeth is made possible through underwriting by the National Endowment for the Arts, Arts Midwest, and a Shakespeare in American Communities grant. The production also includes special workshops and performances for more than 1,600 Philadelphia area high school students.