Bellarmine Theatre Department Presents Macbeth

Posted: October 2, 2018

“Something wicked this way comes.” That warning from William Shakespeare is one of several memorable lines from the play Macbeth, being presented by Bellarmine's Theatre Department.

Set in medieval Scotland, the story is well-known for its fortuneā€telling witches (“Double double toil and trouble”), bloody hands (“out damned spot”), hallucinations (“Is this a dagger which I see before me?”), as well as swordfights, assassinations, a ghost, and a drunk doorman.

The selection of Macbeth as its fall drama ties-in to Bellarmine’s year-long look at gender as its Summit on Human Dignity focus. “I chose this show to go along with our summit theme of gender, as it especially explores masculinity and contains some interesting gender dynamics,” said director and faculty member Russ Marcel, a Bellarmine alumnus from the class of 1991. “Almost half of our students are studying this play; thanks to the English Department, most freshmen classes and almost all junior classes will learn the play this month.”

In addition to Bellarmine students (seniors David DeRuiter, Arash Shabany, Matthew Swain, Chris Boennighausen, Patrick Ryan, Leo Mangalindan; juniors Niko Vuckovich, Josiah Cannon, Anthony Scurto, Rory Chinn, Diego Bernal; and freshmen Sawyer Kennedy, Luke Desouza-Lawrence), the cast of 18 includes several students from Presentation (senior Zoe Prior and freshman Madison Goffney), Notre Dame (seniors Clara Matlack and Bianca Romero), and Los Gatos (senior Gigi Ward) high schools. The production crew includes Gregg Carlson, tech director and set designer assisted by Lincoln High senior Alex Yosuda; Maren Lane, lighting designer, scenic artist, front-of-house; Kathleen O’Brien, costume designer with Bellarmine junior Fabian Lucero; Bellarmine senior Ben Walker, stage manager; and Notre Dame sophomore Ella Nowinski and Bellarmine senior Connor Reames, assistant directors.

Also collaborating with Bellarmine Theatre for the first time is Bay Area fight director and actress Sydney Schwindt. The play will feature choreographed fights with broadswords and daggers.

Macbeth is presented October 26, 27, November 1, 2, and 3 at 7:30 p.m., and October 28 at 2:00 p.m. All performances occur in the Main Stage Theatre of the Sobrato Center for Humanities and the Arts on the Bellarmine campus, 960 West Hedding Street, San Jose. Tickets are available online at: www.bcp.org.

Related Articles

  • Smash Hunger! Support the Spring Food Drive

    Posted April 8, 2019

    Our annual Spring Food Drive, benefiting Second Harvest Food Bank, runs Monday, April 8 through Thursday, April 18. With one in three local children at risk of hunger, our goal this year is to provide enough food and funds to provide 16,500 meals.

  • K-Bell Turns 35

    Posted March 19, 2019

    The 35th annual Kiwanis-Bellarmine track meet, i.e., K-Bell, was held on March 9th at Westmont High School. The joint venture between Bellarmine and the Kiwanis Club of West San Jose has become one of the premiere track and field events in the area, the proceeds of which go entirely to charity.

  • Cast for Spring Comedy I Hate Hamlet Announced

    Posted March 15, 2019

    Jeremy Lum, director of Bellarmine's spring production of I Hate Hamlet, has announced its cast.