Plays in the House, a spinoff of Stars in the House, the daily benefit series created by Seth Rudetsky and James Wesley in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, is presenting a special livestream reading of MACBETH this Saturday, June 13th beginning 2pm EDT starring Tony nominated Hadestown star Patrick Page and Hannah Yelland (Brief Encounter, Nicholas Nickleby). The virtual production, directed by Gary Sloan, will be available for four days on YouTube following its live performance. The streaming director for Plays In The House is Peter Flynn. Click on Starsinthehouse.com to view.
The event, to benefit The Actor’s Fund, will be introduced and hosted by Tony Award winner André De Shields (Hadestown), and also features Ty Jones (Broadway’s Julius Caesar) as Macduff, Maurice Jones (Broadway’s Saint Joan) as Malcolm and British Theatre and TV veteran David Yelland as Duncan. The cast also includes Sherman Howard, Donna Bullock, Linda Kenyon, Owen Sloan and Rachel Crowl.
“This may be the first time Macbeth has been in New York City and Lady Macbeth has been in London” said Page, “Maybe we can put to rest the Astor Place Riots of the 19th century.” In 1849, twenty two people died in riots over the differences between American and English productions of Macbeth playing at the Astor Opera House.
Patrick Page received a Tony Award nomination and a Grammy Award for his work in Hadestown on Broadway after starring as Hades in the off-Broadway, Citadel Theatre and National Theatre productions. Other Broadway: The Inquisitor in Saint Joan, Valentina in Casa Valentina, Buckley in Time to Kill, Adult Men in Spring Awakening, DeGuiche in Cyrano de Bergerac, Green Goblin in Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark, Henry VIII in A Man for All Seasons, Decius Brutus in Julius Caesar, Scar in The Lion King, The Grinch in Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas, Lumiere in Beauty and the Beast, and Mackie in The Kentucky Cycle. Other New York: Cymbeline in Cymbeline (New York Shakespeare Festival/Delacort), Max in The Sound of Music (Carnegie Hall). Regional: Page recently created the roles of Dom Claude Frollo in The Hunchback of Notre Dame at La Jolla Playhouse and Papermill Playhouse, and Captain Dragutin Dimitrijevic in Rajiv Joseph’s Archduke at the Mark Taper Forum. He is an Associate Artist of The Old Globe in San Diego (Cyrano, Malvolio), and the Shakespeare Theater Company in Washington, D.C. (Coriolanus, Prospero, Macbeth, Iago, Claudius). Television: recurring roles on “Elementary,” “Madam Secretary,” “Flesh and Bone” and guest starring roles on “Law & Order SVU,” “Evil,” “NCIS: New Orleans,” “The Good Wife,” “The Blacklist,” “Chicago P.D.,” and “Law and Order: S.V.U”.
Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers, musicians and corporations. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman. She stars in and served as Executive Producer for the short independent films Hide and Seek, Balancing Act, Rom-Com Gone Wrong, Belongingness and When the World was Young. She is also the Executive Producer for The Cactus, The Language Lesson, The Writer and Cream and 2 Shugahs.
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