image of woman in green gown & tiara (Lady Macbeth) and man in uniform & crown (Macbeth) seated on thrones
Lady Macbeth (Meg Elliott) & Macbeth (Barbara Geary)

Theatre Incognita Present’s MACBETH at CSMA in Downtown Ithaca

Playgoers can experience Shakespeare’s brilliant blend of horror, magic and tyranny, MACBETH (March 15–17 and 21–24) at downtown Ithaca’s Community School of Music and Arts when Theatre Incognita returns to live, in-person theatre.

Ross Haarstad, Incognita’s Artistic Director, stages an intimate, multi-media production in CSMA’s recently refurbished Hamblin Hall. With the assistance of Costume Designer Elizabeth Kitney, he is setting the play in a re-imagined Scotland, a war-torn country at the turn of the last century, where refugees seek solace.

Keir Neuringer has composed original music for the play, while Jacob Lehman has designed the fight choreography.

Twenty-two actors, ranging in age from 12 to 72, take on Shakespeare’s myriad roles. Barb Geary plays the warrior and tyrant Macbeth, while Meg Elliott takes on his ambitious wife, Lady Macbeth.

The Weird Sisters are played by Elizabeth Livesay, Marie Sirakos and Samantha Sloma. In this version, their Familiars are adopted orphans, portrayed by three younger actors: Griffin Brahler, Hugo Lloyd and Lochi Nunn-Makepeace.

AJ Sage takes on Macduff, Elizabeth Seldin is Malcolm, Cortney Johnson is Banquo and Scott Whitham is Duncan. Completing the cast are Beth Harris, Casey Silidjian, Dave Dietrich, Gwen Livesay, Jared Lane, Lindsey Cahoon, Mikaela Gould, Moira Lang, Oliver Moss and Tamar Shapiro-Tamir.

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This program is made possible in part with funds from the Statewide Community Regrant program from the New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of the office of the Governor and NYS Legislature, administered by the Community Arts Partnership of Tompkins County.