RUN TIME: Approx. 2 hours

INTERMISSION: One 15 minute

TYPE: Drama, Thriller, Horror

GROVE TALKS: 45 mins pre-show

WARNINGS: Violence, blood effects, sexual content

Shakespeare’s cautionary tale of unbridled ambition.

by William Shakespeare
directed by Victor Malana Maog
September 18 – October 13

Ambition is brutal. Determined to fulfill a prophecy of greatness, Macbeth’s hunger for power consumes all he holds dear. How far would you go to take what you’ve been told you deserve? And who will rise up to stop you?


Warren David Keith

(Duncan, Porter) Warren David Keith was previously in Cal Shakes productions of Much Ado About Nothing, The Winter’s Tale, Henry IV, Parts 1&2 and As You Like It. He has worked on the East Coast and at theaters throughout the Bay Area, most recently in Widower’s Houses at the Aurora Theater and as Ram Dass in Acid Test at the Marsh Theater. On screen catch him in Raising Arizona, Fargo, The Big Lebowski, A Serious Man, Haiku Tunnel and The Last Black Man in San Francisco. (he/him)

Joseph Patrick O'Malley

(Malcolm) Joseph Patrick O'Malley returns to Cal Shakes following last year's WAR OF THE ROSES. He has performed regionally at The Guthrie Theatre, The Kennedy Center and La Jolla Playhouse. Bay Area work includes Aurora Theatre Co., Marin Shakespeare Co., Marin Theatre Co., Theatreworks, Center REP, B Street Theatre, Shotgun Players, Just Theatre, Killing My Lobster and Bay Area Playground. Joseph is an adjunct professor in Theatre and Film at Napa Valley College and holds an MFA from USC.

Dane Troy

(Macduff) Dane is thankful to Victor & Cal Shakes for this opportunity. Dane is a performance artist from the heart of Atlanta, Georgia. He has studied improv comedy & sketch comedy at iO Chicago, iO West, The Groundlings, The Second City: Hollywood & UCB: LA. Dane was a performer/writer in the 2018 CBS Diversity Showcase in LA. Look for him in the new iFC Original Comedy Series "Sherman's Showcase." Dane sends love to his family, Paige Mayes & his late mentor Lynwoodt Benard Jenkins. Go Braves! Contact him at (he/him)

Liz Sklar

(Lady Macbeth) Liz is thrilled to be back at the Bruns where she was last seen in as Desdemona in Othello. Other bay area credits: Men on Boats (ACT), The Real Thing (Aurora),Trouble Cometh and Becky Shaw (SF Playhouse), Care of Trees (Shotgun) and Wink, The Wolves, Anne Boleyn, The Whale, Failure: A Love Story, Lasso of Truth, Othello, Seagull and Bellwether (Marin Theater Company). Sklar holds an MFA from A.C.T. (she/her)


Victor Malana Maog

Victor, named one of American Theatre Magazine’s “People to Watch”, makes his Cal Shakes debut with Macbeth. Most recently he staged Mfoniso Udofia’s Her Portmanteau (A.C.T.) and In Old Age (World Premiere - Magic Theater). He has also directed and developed work at The Public Theater, Berkeley Rep, Williamstown Theater Festival, Classic Stage Company, Hartford Stage, Signature Theatre Company, Mabou Mines, Drury Lane Theatre, ABC/Disney, and large-scale stage shows, live events, and spectaculars at Disney Parks Live Entertainment.

Melissa Torchia

(Costume Design) Cal Shakes: As You Like It, You Never Can Tell, King Lear and The Verona Project. Other projects include: Pride and Prejudice and Invisible Hand (Kansas City Rep); The Last Defender, Rose and the Rime, and The Magnificents (The House Theatre); City of Angels (San Francisco Playhouse); Silent Night (Opera San Jose); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Chicago Shakespeare Theatre); Peter Pan (Lookingglass Theatre); Upcoming: Peter and the Starcatcher (Oregon Shakespeare Festival). (she/her)

Russell H. Champa

(Lighting Designer) Russell is excited to be back at Cal Shakes where his last project was Othello. Upcoming and recent projects include Becky Nurse (Berkeley Rep) and Wakey Wakey (ACT). Broadway credits include China Doll (Gerald Schoenfeld Theater), In The Next Room, or the vibrator play (Lyceum Theatre/Lincoln Center Theater), and Julia Sweeney’s God Said “Ha!” (Lyceum Theatre). New York work includes The Public, Manhattan Theatre Club, and New York Stage and Film. Regional work includes Steppenwolf, Mark Taper Forum, and The Kennedy Center.

Elizabeth Rhodes

(Sound Designer) New York credits include the world premiere of Steve Martin’s adaptation of The Underpants, and the premieres of John Patrick Shanley’s Dirty Story and Sailor Song, Chuck Mee’s Paradise Park with director Daniel Fish (Signature), Philip Roth in Khartoum and Sweet Storm (Public Lab), The Winter’s Tale with director Barry Edelstein (CSC). Regional credits include Lee Blessing’s Winning Streak (George Street Playhouse), Stones In His Pockets (Alley Theatre), and Double Indemnity (The Old Globe). (she/her)

Philippa Kelly

Resident Dramaturg. The best known of Dr. Kelly's several books is The King and I, critically acclaimed for framing King Lear through an Australian lens for social justice. With Amrita Ramanan (Director of Literary Development and Dramaturgy, OSF), Dr. Kelly is editing a field-wide volume of case studies, Diversity, Inclusion, and Representation in Contemporary Dramaturgy: Case Studies from the Field, to be published in the summer of 2019.

Talli Jackson

(Movement Choreographer) Talli Jackson is a choreographer, teacher, performer and organizer based in the Bay Area. Talli was Assistant Choreographer for the new musical, Paradise Square. His work has been presented at Tisch School for the Arts, ODC, FABnyc, The Milkbar, SAFEhouse Arts and Temescal Art Center. Talli was a member of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company from 2009-2017, and has been teaching around the US and abroad since 2009. (he/him)

Cheryle Honerlah

Stage Manager. Cheryle (she/her) is joining Cal Shakes for her seventh season, where she has Stage Managed black odyssey, Quixote Nuevo and The Glass Menagerie. Previously, was Production Assistant on A Raisin in the Sun, Twelfth Night, and Othello, and was a Cal Shakes' Intern in 2013. Other credits include ACT, TheatreWorks, Shotgun Players, Douglas Morrisson, and African-American Shakespeare Co. B.A. in Technical Theatre: CSU East Bay; AEA.

Jessica Berman

Vocal/Text Coach. Jessica Berman (she/her) returns to Cal Shakes after working on The War of the Roses and Fences. Recent dialect and vocal coaching credits include: Paradise Square: A New Musical, Angels in America, and What the Constitution Means to Me (Berkeley Rep), An American in Paris (North American Tour), In Old Age, The Eva Trilogy, and Sojourners (Magic Theatre), and Oslo, The Wickhams: Christmas at Pemberley, and Shakespeare in Love (Marin Theatre).

Sara Sparks

(Assistant Stage Manager) SARA SPARKS was last seen at Cal Shakes as the Assistant Stage Manager for Quixote Nuevo and has worked all around the Bay, including Theatreworks, San Francisco Playhouse, Center REPertory Company, Shotgun Players, 42nd Street Moon, San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, Aurora Theatre Company, San Jose Stage Company, Pear Theatre, Palo Alto Players, Silicon Valley Shakespeare, Eugenie Chan Theater Projects and RE:ACT.

Dave Maier

(Resident Fight Director) Dave is in his 14th season as the resident fight director with Cal Shakes. His work has been seen at ACT, Berkeley Rep, Aurora Theatre, SF Playhouse, Berkeley Playhouse, Center Rep, Marin Theatre, and Shotgun Players. 2018 TBA award: outstanding fight choreography, Quixote Nuevo. Master Fight Director and Senior Instructor with Dueling Arts International.


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all photos: Cal Shakes’ 2019 Macbeth, by Kevin Berne

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presenting partners

meyer sound

season partner

city national bank

production partner

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season underwriters

James Irvine Foundation
Osher Foundation

Student Discovery Underwriters

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This production is part of Shakespeare in American Communities, a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.
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