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Ty Jones, Roslyn Ruff, Afia Abusham, Emannuel Brown and More set for Classical Theatre of Harlem’s MACBETH, 7/8-31

Classical Theatre of Harlem to Present MACBETH, 7/8-31The Classical Theatre of Harlem (CTH) (Ty Jones, Producing Artistic Director; David Roberts, Managing Director), is presenting Macbeth as its annual free Uptown Shakespeare in the Park production. The free, family-friendly production of William Shakespeare’s classic, directed by Carl Cofield, and featuring CTH Producing Artistic Director, Ty Jones as the titular antihero, will run from July 10 through 31 with preview performances July 8 and 9 at the Richard Rodgers Amphitheater in Marcus Garvey Park. The production, framed to reflect the diverse culture and interests of the CTH audience, will be informed by Ethiopia during the time of Haile Selassie (Ethiopia’s regent from 1916 to 1930 and Emperor of Ethiopia from 1930 to 1974). With this production, CTH enters into a unique collaboration with Elisa Monte Dance, whose artistic director, Tiffany Rea-Fisher, will serve as choreographer. During the run of the production, CTH will feature one pre-show performance by students of CTH’s educational program, Project Classics, in collaboration with The Dream Center. CTH’s Uptown Shakespeare in the Park continues to be presented in association with City Parks Foundation’s SummerStage festival.

This production will reunite Roslyn Ruff and Ty Jones as Macbeth and Lady Macbeth, who last performed the roles for CTH ten years ago. Also in the cast are Afia Abusham, Ryan Alvarado, Emannuel Brown, Brandon Carter, Jason Delane, Avon Haughton, Anthony Vaughn Merchant, Andrea Patterson, and Gil Polk. The ensemble will be joined by company members of Elisa Monte Dance. The creative team is rounded out by Shayshahn MacPherson (music direction), Christopher and Justin Swader (scenic design), Rachel Dozier-Ezell(costume design), Alan C. Edwards (lighting design), John McKenna (sound design), Katherine Freer (projection design), Emannuel Brown (fight direction), Haylee Scott (stage management), and Rachael Harris (production management).

Q & A with Emmanuel Brown, Actor, Award-Winning Fight Choreographer and Champion Martial Artist


The Classical Theatre of Harlem’s Uptown Shakespeare in the Park production of Macbeth

Performance Schedule: July 8-31, 2016, Tuesday-Sunday at 8pm. Previews: July 8 & 9, 2016; 8pm. Opening Night: July 10, 2016; 8pm. Price: FREE – no tickets required. The Richard Rodgers Amphitheater is located in Marcus Garvey Park (enter at 124th Street & 5th Avenue, walk south to the venue).

The Classical Theatre of Harlem’s Uptown Shakespeare in the Park production of Macbeth, performance schedule: *Indicates Pre-Curtain performance

Preview Performances:
*Friday, July 8 at 8:30 p.m.
Saturday, July 9 at 8 p.m.

Opening Night:
Sunday, July 10 at 8 p.m.

Tuesday, July 12 at 8 p.m.
*Wednesday, July13 at 8 p.m.
*Thursday, July 14 at 8 p.m.
*Friday, July 15 at 8:30 p.m.
Saturday, July 16 at 8 p.m.
Sunday, July 17 at 8 p.m.
Tuesday, July 19 at 8 p.m.
Wednesday, July 20 at 8 p.m.
Thursday, July 21 at 8 p.m.
*Friday, July 22 at 8:30 p.m.
Saturday, July 23 at 8 p.m.
Sunday, July 24 at 8 p.m.
Tuesday, July 26 at 8 p.m.
Wednesday, July 27 at 8 p.m.
Thursday, July 28 at 8 p.m.
*Friday, July 29 at 8:30 p.m.
*Saturday, July 30 at 8 p.m.
Sunday, July 31 at 8 p.m.

*Pre-Curtain performance schedule:
Friday, July 8 – Jazzmobile
Wednesday, July 13 -Chamber Music Center of New York
Thursday, July 14 – Young People’s Chorus of New York City
Friday, July 15 – Jazzmobile
Friday, July 22 – Jazzmobile
Friday, July 29 – Jazzmobile
Saturday, July 30 – CTH’s Project Classics Shakespeare Intensive Presentation

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Lia Chang. Photo by Garth Kravits

Lia Chang. Photo by Garth Kravits

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 is also an internationally published and exhibited photographer, a multi-platform journalist, and a publicist. 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 and Hide and Seek. She is profiled in Examiner.comJade Magazine and


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