Actors Shakespeare Company at New Jersey City University performs "Macbeth" March 16 - April 1

Actors Shakespeare Company at New Jersey City University tells a tale of blood in "Macbeth"; the choice of cast and daggers are fortuitous.
Feb. 3, 2012 - PRLog -- Actors Shakespeare Company at New Jersey City University will present "Macbeth,” by William Shakespeare, as its second show of Season 2011-2012, on March 16 – April 1.  ASC resident artists Michael Basile and Denise Hurd will play the famous couple striving for power.  ASC Producing Artistic Director Colette Rice will playmaster the classic tragedy.

Performances will be held on Fridays at 7:30 p.m. and on Saturdays and Sundays at 3:00 p.m. at NJCU’s West Side Theater, 285 West Side Avenue in Jersey City.  

“Macbeth” is one of Shakespeare’s most brutal and cynical stories where virtually nothing is as it appears,” said Ms. Rice. "Characters hurtle towards their own delusion and destruction.”  

For its deluded hero, Ms. Rice has chosen veteran actor and NJCU professor of English Michael Basile, who believes Macbeth’s delusion to be fortuitous.  “His fertile imagination produces a dagger before him, the very dagger he will use in five minutes to kill Duncan,” said Mr. Basile.  “Some actors choose to approach the vision of a dagger fearfully, but I see it as fortunate…it’s exactly what Macbeth hoped to see.”  

ASC at NJCU is also fortunate in its choice of Lady Macbeth, the driving force behind Macbeth’s rise to power.  Resident artist Denise Hurd is ASC’s Fight Director, skilled in weaponry and a licensed fight choreographer, as well as one of its leading actresses.  “I play Lady Macbeth” said Ms. Hurd, with a twinkle in her eye, relishing the handling of the real daggers that will be used.

All ASC at NJCU shows begin with Bard Banter, a group discussion of the work about to be performed that is held in the lobby of the West Side Theater 30 minutes before curtain.  Talkbacks, lively group discussions between audience and the cast, will be held after matinee performances on March 17, 18 and 24.  

Several seasons ago, ASC at NJCU fostered a lab project involving a group of ASC artists who explored the play, and Season 12’s main stage production of “Macbeth” is a result of that work.  “ASC’s intense, small-cast production creates a cauldron in which the darkest of human desires forge a most unhappy alchemy,” said Ms. Rice.   

The rest of the cast of “Macbeth” includes ASC resident artists Elizabeth Belonzi and Colin Ryan, associate artist Terence MacSweeny and newcomers to ASC Jonathan Dewberry and Patrick Harvey.

For more information about “Macbeth", call ASC at NJCU at 201-200-2390 or visit

ASC at NJCU's main stage, the 125-seat West Side Theater, is conveniently near Culver Avenue (on the NJCU campus), just minutes from Routes 440, 1-9 and 78.  There is ample parking in the University's lots on West Side Avenue.  Public transportation is available by bus from Port Authority Bus Terminal in New York City and Journal Square in Jersey City; and by Hudson-Bergen Light Rail to West Side Avenue.   For further directions, visit

The West Side Theater is wheelchair accessible.  Large print programs and assisted listening devices are available.  Some performances are audio described.  For more information and requests, call 201-200-2390.  

ASC at NJCU became the University’s theatrical company-in-residence in 2008, making NJCU only the fourth institution of higher education in New Jersey to be affiliated with a professional theatre company.  The collaboration between the company, which is in its twelfth season, and NJCU began in 2005.  Since that time, NJCU and ASC at NJCU have partnered to present professional classical theatre to both the NJCU and wider Jersey City communities and NJCU faculty and students have been regularly involved in ASC productions and workshops.  

ASC at NJCU works through the NJCU Foundation, a non-profit, tax-exempt organization, and is supported in part by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, New Jersey City University, and contributions from individuals, corporations, and foundations.

For further information, visit

Season 2011 – 2012: Rough Magic

Christmas with Dickens & Dylan
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, adapted by Greg Oliver Bodine
& A Child’s Christmas in Wales by Dylan Thomas
Directed by Peter Galman
West Side Theater, NJCU Campus
December 8 – 18, 2011

No Holds Bard: Much Ado About Nothing
Self-staged by the ASC Resident Artists
West Side Theater, NJCU Campus
Thursday, January 26, 2012 at 7:30 p.m.

Throne of  Blood, a film by Akira Kurosawa
Grossnickle Hall, NJCU Campus
Sunday, February 12, 2012 at 3:00 p.m.

By William Shakespeare
Directed by Colette Rice
West Side Theater, NJCU Campus
March 16 – April 1, 2012

The Tempest
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Colette Rice
June 2012
Times and places TBA

Call 201-200-2390 for more information.

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The Actors Shakespeare Company at New Jersey City University is a professional, non profit ensemble theater, entering into its Eleventh Season of service to the Hudson County area, and its sixth at New Jersey City University.
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