“Macbeth is a strong, decent, and loyal man, but his ambition and his idealistic heart clash fiercely.” Paul Jasser plays Macbeth.

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SHAKESPEARE IN THE HILLS continues this Friday with Macbeth

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Paul Jasser plays the lead in MACBETH.

Describe the character you play in 3 sentences or less.
Macbeth is a strong, decent, and loyal man, but his ambition and his idealistic heart clash fiercely.

What similarities do you share with your character?
I’m similarly torn between my ambitions and my ideals.

How are you different from your character?
I wouldn’t even begin to consider going this far in the name of ambition.

Why do you feel Shakespeare’s plays are still relevant today?
The themes are timeless. They focus on the meat of human experience, which apparently has not changed for hundreds of years ( and probably longer! ).

Why do you enjoy performing Shakespeare?
It’s a wonderful challenge to perform lots of articulate and often beautiful language, without getting lost in the simple point of what the story is trying to say.

What professional actor do you admire and why?
I have more actor crushes than I can keep track of!

If acting is not your day job, what is?
I am an IT Manager for small businesses

Describe your perfect Sunday afternoon.
A scuba dive, an adrenaline rush, a warm ocean and a hot day……a nice breeze, some shade and a hammock to nap in, and some pleasant company.
And nothing pressing to do on Monday.

Call out someone who MUST see your show!
Al Pacino!

PERRFORMANCE BIO FOR PAUL JASSER:
Paul is pleased to take on the role of Macbeth after many a year of idealizing the show and the character. Theater has been a passion for him since his high school days, and he’s grateful to continue to have the opportunity to indulge this habit in such fine company.

SHOW INFORMATION:

SHAKESPEARE IN THE HILLS 2016 presents Macbeth and Twelfth Night.SHAKESPEARE IN THE HILLS is a production produced by On the Edge Theatre Production in cooperation with the Laguna Hills Community Center.

Shakespeare’s Macbeth continues Friday and Saturday, August 12, and 13.

The performances will start at 7 p.m. and will be held on the lawn near the gazebo at the Laguna Hills Community Center 25555 Alicia Pkwy, Laguna Hills, CA 92653. Bring a beach chair, blanket, and a picnic dinner. Tickets are just $10 for adults. Kids 12 and under are free.

For both productions being offered at this year’s Shakespeare in the Hills, we are accepting online registration at https://apm.activecommunities.com/lagunahillscs or follow “register a class” links at http://www.ci.laguna-hills.ca.us/ (follow “register a class” links).
On the day of each show, we are accepting cash only at the door (no checks, or debit/credit cards).

For more info: email aurorajculver@gmail.com
Like us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/otetheatre/
Follow us on Twitter @OnTheEdgeThtr
More info on OTE can be found at http://www.otetheatre.com

“Human emotion and conflict is something that everyone can identify with.” Jenn Ortiz plays Caithness in Shakespeare in the Hills’ MACBETH

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Jenn Ortiz plays Caithness in Macbeth.

Why do you enjoy performing Shakespeare?
I’ve always loved and have been fascinated by Shakespeare and the Elizabethan time period. My birthday was the day of his death (and his assumed day of birth as well). It’s interesting to be able to step into the echo of the past through his work, and it’s an honor to step onto the stage and into the work of one of the greatest writers of all time.

Describe the characters you play in 3 sentences or less.
I have speaking roles as Caithness and a ghostly apparition, and I’m a servant in a few scenes. Caithness is a Scottish Thane who fights for Malcolm, and the ghostly apparition is the third of three called by the witches to inform Macbeth of his fate.

What similarities do you share with your characters?
I feel like I have the same sense of duty and honor as Caithness. I like to follow the rules and if I believe something is right, I’ll stick to it. I respect people who do the right thing. Despite my own circumstances, I’ll do my best to help people however I can.

How are you different from your characters?
I’m reasonably sure I’m not a ghost. I’ve also never fought in a war, or been wounded in battle. I’m a pretty passive person, so I don’t like to fight. I don’t really think I feel strongly enough about any type of cause to go out and hurt people over it.

Why do you feel Shakespeare’s plays are still relevant today?
Shakespeare is timeless. He wrote pages and pages of stories about people, their personalities, and the situations they find themselves involved in. The way his characters speak might be slightly different than modern readers are used to, but people from all walks of life can step into his characters’ shoes and experiences, and find something they relate to, even 400 years later. Human emotion and conflict is something that everyone can identify with. I think if he was alive now, he’d write about similar themes using modern people and experiences.

What professional actor do you admire and why?
I had to think about this for quite some time. I really admire Emma Thompson. She’s so versatile, not only with acting, as she plays both serious and comedic roles on stage and in film, but she’s also a successful writer, and has Academy Awards for both of those things. I really respect what she has to say about herself and her art form, and I appreciate the way she puts herself 100% into what she does. She’s a great role model, extremely down to earth and genuine, and isn’t afraid to speak her mind.

If acting is not your day job, what is?
I’m a student first and foremost. I’m studying towards getting my Bachelor of Science in Interactive Media Arts (which collectively includes graphic arts, illustration, visual development, design, computer modeling and animation)
I work part-time for the City of Lake Forest as a Senior Recreation Leader, mainly in special events and programs for teens.

Describe your perfect Sunday afternoon.
My perfect Sunday afternoon is one of total relaxation with my husband. We might play video games or watch a movie, but just a day we can spend together without having to worry about the hustle and bustle of the week.

Call out someone who MUST see your show!
I’d love it if my in-laws came to see the show. Also, my co-workers! I know some family and friends are already planning on coming, so I hope they do! Honestly, I think anyone who likes theater should come. I’m so excited!

Performance Bio for Jenn Ortiz:
Jenn is thrilled to be making her OTE and Shakespeare in the Hills debut in Macbeth. She is a Media Arts student of The Art Institute of California and has worked in set and prop building, painting, design, makeup and costumes for The City of Lake Forest’s special events. This is her first theater role, although she has performed at the Renaissance Pleasure Faire with The Court of Misrule as a fool, as a scareactor at Knott’s Scary farm and as a tableau vivant performer in the Pageant of the Masters. Jenn is grateful to the cast, crew, awesome director and fantastic producer for a wonderful first experience on the theater stage, for all the collective hard work, and for the acceptance and friendship of this amazing group of people. To my friends, loved ones, and fellow performers: Thanks for the support, words of encouragement, and willingness to come out and see the show! I’m so grateful for the experience and knowledge I’ve gained in learning the ropes. I’ve definitely caught the theater bug. This has been such a rewarding adventure!

SHOW INFORMATION:

SHAKESPEARE IN THE HILLS 2016 presents Macbeth and Twelfth Night. SHAKESPEARE IN THE HILLS is a production produced by On the Edge Theatre Production in cooperation with the Laguna Hills Community Center.

Shakespeare’s Macbeth continues Friday and Saturday, August 12, and 13.

The performances will start at 7 p.m. and will be held on the lawn near the gazebo at the Laguna Hills Community Center 25555 Alicia Pkwy, Laguna Hills, CA 92653. Bring a beach chair, blanket, and a picnic dinner. Tickets are just $10 for adults. Kids 12 and under are free.

For both productions being offered at this year’s Shakespeare in the Hills, we are accepting online registration at https://apm.activecommunities.com/lagunahillscs or follow “register a class” links at http://www.ci.laguna-hills.ca.us/ (follow “register a class” links).
On the day of each show, we are accepting cash only at the door (no checks, or debit/credit cards).

For more info: email aurorajculver@gmail.com
Like us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/otetheatre/
Follow us on Twitter @OnTheEdgeThtr
More info on OTE can be found at http://www.otetheatre.com

Great openings for both shows! MACBETH performs Aug. 6 and final performance of TWELFTH NIGHT is Aug. 7

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Great openings for both Macbeth and Twelfth Night! Tonight we continue with Macbeth and tomorrow, Sunday, is our final performance of Twelfth Night.

Here’s what folks had to say about Twelfth Night directed by Dawn Doherty:

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“I just watched the production of Twelfth Night, and I don’t think I could be more impressed! The entire cast did an absolutely amazing job of bringing this play to life, of making the language accessible to the audience, of engaging the audience throughout the play, and of reducing us all nearly to tears through laughter at this brilliant comedy. The show was witty, clever, and sexy. The acting and directing, phenomenal. All in all, it was Most Wonderful.😉

“This was the first play I’ve seen performed by this theater company, and I will most certainly be following them closely from now on given what a fantastic job they did on Twelfth Night. You should do the same.

“If you see this review in time, try to make it to the last show of Twelfth Night, which will be on Sunday, 8/7/16 at the Laguna Hills community center. You’ll have an uproariously good time.” – Scot

“Excellent production, great acting, lots of fun!” – William

“Bring your kids. My 11 year old laughed the whole time.” – Gina

“This was an absolutely delightful play; very well cast, funny as hell, and easy to understand!” – Shelly

“The show was beautiful. The costumes. The sets. The concept. The blocking. Your casting. All perfect. Brava!” – Rebecca

“What an entertaining evening! The acting and directing were superb! I highly recommend this show! Thank you so much!!!” – Rhona

“We had a great time. Thank you for the perfect entertainment.” – Ann

And our audience had this to say about Macbeth directed by Josefine Damgaard:

“Another glowing 5-star review. This group once again put on a stunning performance, and brought this tragedy vividly to life. The show was exciting, suspenseful, and emotionally moving. The directing was top-notch, I especially liked the parallel between the setting sun (due to the time the play was performed) and Lady Macbeth’s descent into guilt-induced madness, and the progressively more and more chilling interludes with the three witches.

“Particularly impressive to me are the several cast members who are performing in Twelfth Night and Macbeth concurrently, and doing a phenomenal job in both. Great job on both despite what I can only imagine is an immense work load!

“My wife and I are quite glad to have been introduced to this theatre company and can’t wait to see what you all perform next!!!” – Scot

“Great theatre group! Recommend attending.” – Laurel

“The three witches in Macbeth, good weather, good food, good production” – Chuck

 

Shakespeare’s Macbeth continues Saturday and plays August 12, and 13. There will be one more performance of Twelfth Night, which opened this past weekend, on Sunday, August 7.

The shows will start at 7 p.m. The shows will be held on the lawn near the gazebo at the community center. Bring a beach chair, blanket, and a picnic dinner. Tickets are just $10 for adults. Kids 12 and under are free.

The show will be held at the Laguna Hills Community Center on the lawn by the gazebo, 25555 Alicia Pkwy, Laguna Hills, CA 92653.

For both productions being offered at this year’s Shakespeare in the Hills, we are accepting online registration at https://apm.activecommunities.com/lagunahillscs or follow “register a class” links at http://www.ci.laguna-hills.ca.us/ (follow “register a class” links).
On the day of each show, we are accepting cash only at the door (no checks, or debit/credit cards).

For more info: email aurorajculver@gmail.com
Like us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/otetheatre/
Follow us on Twitter @OnTheEdgeThtr
More info on OTE can be found at http://www.otetheatre.com

Opening Night for MACBETH at the Laguna Hills Community Center!

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MACBETH directed by Josefine Damgaard and TWELFTH NIGHT directed by Dawn Doherty

Shakespeare’s MACBETH opens this Friday and plays August 5, 6, 12, and 13. There will be one more performance of TWELFTH NIGHT, which opened this past weekend, on Sunday, August 7.

Here are some photos from Wednesday’s Invited Dress Rehearsal:

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Every night of SHAKESPEARE IN THE HILLS, the actors build the set and at the end of the performance, they take the set down.

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The actors have been learning how to put a kilt on. Actors: Paul Jasser, Anthony Barrata, and Chris Diem

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Lennox and Ross played by Veronica Holley and Kaitlyn Smith

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Steven Teats as King Duncan

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The Witches: Tiffany McQuay, Shakiba Shadman, and Shannon Dodson

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Malcolm and Donalbain played by real life brother and sister, Christopher and Katie Diem

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Macbeth and Lady Macbeth played by Paul Jasser and Elza Suzanne

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Lady Macbeth, Macduff, and Banquo played by Elza Suzanne, Cameron Moore, and Anthony Barrata

The shows will start at 7 p.m. The shows will be held on the lawn near the gazebo at the community center. Bring a beach chair, blanket, and a picnic dinner. Tickets are just $10 for adults. Kids 12 and under are free.

The show will be held at the Laguna Hills Community Center on the lawn by the gazebo, 25555 Alicia Pkwy, Laguna Hills, CA 92653.

For both productions being offered at this year’s Shakespeare in the Hills, we are accepting online registration at https://apm.activecommunities.com/lagunahillscs or follow “register a class” links at http://www.ci.laguna-hills.ca.us/ (follow “register a class” links).
On the day of each show, we are accepting cash only at the door (no checks, or debit/credit cards).

For more info: email aurorajculver@gmail.com
Like us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/otetheatre/
Follow us on Twitter @OnTheEdgeThtr
More info on OTE can be found at http://www.otetheatre.com

“I have always felt that Shakespeare is meant to be seen, not read…” Hannah Jarvis plays Fleance and Daughter of Macduff in MACBETH opening this Friday, August 5.

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Shakespeare’s MACBETH opens this Friday and plays August 5, 6, 12, and 13. There will be one more performance of TWELFTH NIGHT, which opened this past weekend, on Sunday, August 7.

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Hannah Jarvis plays both Fleance and Daughter of Macduff in MACBETH.

Describe the characters you play in 3 sentences or less.
I play Fleance the son of Banquo and the Daughter of Macduff, so basically I play all the children in the play. Fleance is a teenager who is ready to be a man. Daughter of Macduff is just tired of taking care of her hysterical mother.

What similarities do you share with your characters?
I look like a teenager so I have that in common with them. I’m also a girl, so I have that in common with Daughter of Macduff.

How are you different from your characters?
Well Fleance is a boy and I am a girl, so that is a big difference.

Why do you feel Shakespeare’s plays are still relevant today?
I feel that Shakespeare’s plays are still relevant today because there are so many different ways that they can be interpreted. Whenever I watch or re-read one of Shakespeare’s plays, I always find something new in the text.

Why do you enjoy performing Shakespeare?
I have always felt that Shakespeare is meant to be seen, not read. Performing Shakespeare is a great way to expose people to great literature and great plays as well.

What professional actor do you admire and why?
I admire Helen Bonham Carter because she always plays such interesting and different characters.

If acting is not your day job, what is?
I currently work at Gymboree Play and Music as a teacher, and I also go to UCI where I am a drama major and education minor.

Describe your perfect Sunday afternoon.
Relaxing at home, probably reading a good book.

Call out someone who MUST see your show!
Elliott!!!!!

Performance Bio for Hannah Jarvis:

This is Hannah’s first production with OTE. She is so excited to be in the cast of Macbeth. Hannah currently studies Drama and Education at UC Irvine. A few of her past shows include: The Little Mermaid, Fame the Musical, Cabaret, Peter Pan, Annie Get Your Gun, The Children’s Hour, The Diviner’s, Les Mis, and Midsummer Night’s Dream. Hannah would like to thank her friends and family for all their support through her theatrical endeavors.

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MACBETH directed by Josefine Damgaard and TWELFTH NIGHT directed by Dawn Doherty

Shakespeare’s MACBETH opens this Friday and plays August 5, 6, 12, and 13. There will be one more performance of TWELFTH NIGHT, which opened this past weekend, on Sunday, August 7.

The shows will start at 7 p.m. The shows will be held on the lawn near the gazebo at the community center. Bring a beach chair, blanket, and a picnic dinner. Tickets are just $10 for adults. Kids 12 and under are free.

The show will be held at the Laguna Hills Community Center on the lawn by the gazebo, 25555 Alicia Pkwy, Laguna Hills, CA 92653.

For both productions being offered at this year’s Shakespeare in the Hills, we are accepting online registration at https://apm.activecommunities.com/lagunahillscs or follow “register a class” links at http://www.ci.laguna-hills.ca.us/ (follow “register a class” links).
On the day of each show, we are accepting cash only at the door (no checks, or debit/credit cards).

For more info: email aurorajculver@gmail.com
Like us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/otetheatre/
Follow us on Twitter @OnTheEdgeThtr
More info on OTE can be found at http://www.otetheatre.com

“Lady Macduff is a protective mother, something that comes natural to me!” Nancy Higley who plays Lady Macduff in MACBETH opening this Friday, August 5

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Shakespeare’s MACBETH opens this Friday and plays August 5, 6, 12, and 13. There will be one more performance of TWELFTH NIGHT, which opened this past weekend, on Sunday, August 7.

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Nancy Higley plays Lady Macduff in MACBETH and Fabian in TWELFTH NIGHT.

Why do you enjoy performing Shakespeare?
I enjoy performing Shakespeare because it’s challenging to speak the language. When my son acted in his first Shakespeare show, Much Ado About Nothing with OTE, I loved it and was inspired to audition for the next production, Taming of the Shrew. Now I’m a big fan of the Bard!

Describe the characters you play in 3 sentences or less.
I am in two Shakespeare productions, Twelfth Night where I play Fabian who enjoys playing pranks with Master Toby. I’m also in Macbeth playing the role of Lady Macduff.

What similarities do you share with your characters?
Fabian and I are similar because we both enjoy being playful and practical jokes are always fun as long as nobody gets hurt! Lady Macduff is a protective mother, something that comes natural to me!

Why do you feel Shakespeare’s plays are still relevant today?
Shakespeare’s plays are relevant today because William Shakespeare reveals the absurdity of human nature and human emotion spoken in beautiful poetic words that everybody today can still relate to.

If acting is not your day job, what is?
My day job is teaching fitness. I’m a Pilates teacher by day and an actress by night!!

Performance Bio for Nancy Higley:
Nancy Higley is thrilled to be performing with OTE’s Shakespeare in the Hills for her third year. She has been performing all of her life, from starring in her own aerobic network tv show, to portraying Peter Pan at Disneyland, and dancing onstage and now Shakespeare! Past roles include Stepmother in Into the Woods, Quince in a Midsummer Night’s Dream and Merchant in Taming of the Shrew. She is so excited and proud to be performing alongside her kids onstage.

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MACBETH directed by Josefine Damgaard and TWELFTH NIGHT directed by Dawn Doherty

Shakespeare’s MACBETH opens this Friday and plays August 5, 6, 12, and 13. There will be one more performance of TWELFTH NIGHT, which opened this past weekend, on Sunday, August 7.

The shows will start at 7 p.m. The shows will be held on the lawn near the gazebo at the community center. Bring a beach chair, blanket, and a picnic dinner. Tickets are just $10 for adults. Kids 12 and under are free.

The show will be held at the Laguna Hills Community Center on the lawn by the gazebo, 25555 Alicia Pkwy, Laguna Hills, CA 92653.

For both productions being offered at this year’s Shakespeare in the Hills, we are accepting online registration at https://apm.activecommunities.com/lagunahillscs or follow “register a class” links at http://www.ci.laguna-hills.ca.us/ (follow “register a class” links).
On the day of each show, we are accepting cash only at the door (no checks, or debit/credit cards).

For more info: email aurorajculver@gmail.com
Like us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/otetheatre/
Follow us on Twitter @OnTheEdgeThtr
More info on OTE can be found at http://www.otetheatre.com

“We see a good man become evil, but we also see clearly the path that takes him there…” Josefine Damgaard, director of MACBETH opening this Friday, August 5.

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Josefine Damgaard directs MACBETH opening this Friday, August 5.
What is your vision for your production of MACBETH?

I see Macbeth as a descent into darkness and madness and I wanted to use my surroundings to show that. As evening envelops the audience, the show also delves into night. When directing Shakespeare it always strikes me as amazing how clearly it connects to our current times. Although Macbeth is set in 11th century Scotland, one can still draw lessons from it. We see a good man become evil, but we also see clearly the path that takes him there. Macbeth creates his own demise. He alone is responsible for his actions. I hope you watch the show and are inspired to make the best choices for yourself, despite all the forces that are in your way. And if your crazy spouse tells you to kill someone, maybe reconsider it.

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One of the earliest pictures of a production of Macbeth- with Lady and Lord Macbeth

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The popularity of Outlander was an inspiration to look to kilts and tartans for costuming.

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The Macbeth family tartan.

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Alba do dhia Displays is an interactive look at traditional Scottish dress

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BIO:
Josefine Damgaard is grateful and humbled to be directing Macbeth. Josefine has been involved with theater since the 7th grade, both onstage and off. She has been working with OTE Productions for 4 years, and loves that they bring Shakespeare and theater to her community. Josefine would like to thank her cast and crew for being so supportive, considering it is her first time directing a show. Josefine would also like to thank Aurora Culver for her help with costumes and the set, as well as her support overall.

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MACBETH directed by Josefine Damgaard and TWELFTH NIGHT directed by Dawn Doherty

Shakespeare’s MACBETH opens this Friday and plays August 5, 6, 12, and 13. There will be one more performance of TWELFTH NIGHT, which opened this past weekend, on Sunday, August 7.

The shows will start at 7 p.m. The shows will be held on the lawn near the gazebo at the community center. Bring a beach chair, blanket, and a picnic dinner. Tickets are just $10 for adults. Kids 12 and under are free.

The show will be held at the Laguna Hills Community Center on the lawn by the gazebo, 25555 Alicia Pkwy, Laguna Hills, CA 92653.

For both productions being offered at this year’s Shakespeare in the Hills, we are accepting online registration at https://apm.activecommunities.com/lagunahillscs or follow “register a class” links at http://www.ci.laguna-hills.ca.us/ (follow “register a class” links).
On the day of each show, we are accepting cash only at the door (no checks, or debit/credit cards).

For more info: email aurorajculver@gmail.com
Like us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/otetheatre/
Follow us on Twitter @OnTheEdgeThtr
More info on OTE can be found at http://www.otetheatre.com

“To have the opportunity to speak these great lines and play these iconic characters is the ultimate food for an actor….” Tiffany McQuay plays a Witch in Shakespeare’s MACBETH opening this Friday, August 5

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Shakespeare’s MACBETH opens this Friday and plays August 5, 6, 12, and 13. There will be one more performance of TWELFTH NIGHT, which opened this past weekend, on Sunday, August 7.

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Tiffany McQuay plays Witch/Murderer/Messenger in Shakespeare in the Hills, MACBETH

Why do you enjoy performing Shakespeare?
Performing Shakespeare is one of my most favourite things to do as an actor! His writing and wit is beyond brilliant. To have the opportunity to speak these great lines and play these iconic characters is the ultimate food for an actor.

Describe the characters you play in 3 sentences or less.
I play a Witch/Murderer/Messenger. I think my Witch is curious, mischievous and, if wronged can be vengeful. She doesn’t play by the same rules as mortals and laughs at the people who think they can outsmart her or her sisters. She can see the wheels of fate and knows that no one escapes it’s turning.

What similarities do you share with your characters?
Well I’m definitely a curious person and can be mischievous and snarky haha. I also enjoy playing different characters as does my Witch.

How are you different from your characters?
I would never go to the extremes measures she goes to and I don’t think the future is inevitable in the way she does. I believe we can change our fate and she does not. I’m also not a witch and can’t see into the future. Which is disappointing when I play the lottery haha.

Why do you feel Shakespeare’s plays are still relevant today?
Shakespeare is still relevant because he wrote about the human condition in a way
that holds a mirror up to our soul. He wrote the range of human emotions. We can see ourselves in his characters good or bad and it makes us pause and look inward. Time hasn’t changed the fact that we still feel love, hate, jealousy, loss, joy etc. Plus his plays are full of so much wit and intrigue they’re just plain fun and interesting.

What professional actor do you admire and why?
My favourite actor is David Tennant because he is brilliant, fearless and doesn’t take himself too seriously. He can do Shakespeare or contemporary work and it’s always compelling and fresh. Plus I’ve actually met him and he is ridiculously nice which makes me admire him all the more.

If acting is not your day job, what is?
My actor day job is as a Barista for Starbucks. I can make a really good latte or cappuccino and my coworkers rock!

Describe your perfect Sunday afternoon.
My perfect Sunday is getting to sleep in a little and spending some quality time with my husband watching a movie or doing a little urban exploring then making a leisurely Sunday dinner.

Call out someone who MUST see your show!
I’m calling out my friends Mercedes and Victoria. These are two amazing people usually busy working in the theater themselves. Come out and see the fun guys!!
Performance Bio for Tiffany McQuay

Tiffany is pleased to be making her OTE and Shakespeare in the Hills debut as a Witch in MacBeth. She is a graduate of California State University, Fullerton with a B.A. in Theater Arts and has worked as an actor, singer and producer throughout Southern California. She was last seen onstage in A Christmas Carol at Stage Door Repertory and prior to that she was seen in Les Miserables at The Maverick and Bonnie and Clyde at Costa Mesa Playhouse.
Favorite Theater Roles Include: Assassins– Emma Goldman, Mdme. Ternardier U/S- Les Miserables, Patricia- Extremities, AC4- City of Angels, Evilene- The Wiz, Elizabeth Proctor – The Crucible, The Nurse- Romeo & Juliet, Lampito- Lysistrata, Lady Marysvale – Compleat Female Stage Beauty and Juanita – Sordid Lives. Tiffany would like to thank her Cast, Crew, Amazing Director and Wonderful Producer for all their hard work and for being so welcoming and fun to work with. Finally to my friends and loved ones. Thanks for all the support and always being there when I need you most.

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TWELFTH NIGHT directed by Dawn Doherty and MACBETH directed by Josefine Damgaard

Shakespeare’s MACBETH opens this Friday and plays August 5, 6, 12, and 13. There will be one more performance of TWELFTH NIGHT, which opened this past weekend, on Sunday, August 7.

The shows will start at 7 p.m. The shows will be held on the lawn near the gazebo at the community center. Bring a beach chair, blanket, and a picnic dinner. Tickets are just $10 for adults. Kids 12 and under are free.

The show will be held at the Laguna Hills Community Center on the lawn by the gazebo, 25555 Alicia Pkwy, Laguna Hills, CA 92653.

For both productions being offered at this year’s Shakespeare in the Hills, we are accepting online registration at https://apm.activecommunities.com/lagunahillscs or follow “register a class” links at http://www.ci.laguna-hills.ca.us/ (follow “register a class” links).
On the day of each show, we are accepting cash only at the door (no checks, or debit/credit cards).

For more info: email aurorajculver@gmail.com
Like us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/otetheatre/
Follow us on Twitter @OnTheEdgeThtr
More info on OTE can be found at http://www.otetheatre.com

“I go after what I want, and work hard to make it happen.” Aurora Culver plays Viola in TWELFTH NIGHT opening Friday

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Shakespeare’s TWELFTH NIGHT will play July 29, 30, 31, and August 7. In rep will be Shakespeare’s MACBETH performing August 5, 6, 12, and 13.

 

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Aurora Culver (founder/producer of OTE) plays Viola in TWELFTH NIGHT 

Describe the character you play in 3 sentences or less.
Viola is a young lady in a land where she knows no one, fears for her safety, and decides to disguise herself as a man to survive on her own. She struggles with the recent loss of her brother, her feelings for the man she works for, and the unwanted feelings of a female suitor. Poor girl can not catch a break!

What similarities do you share with your character?
Like Viola, I’m determined to survive and succeed in situations, even if I’m out of my depth. I go after what I want, and work hard to make it happen.

How are you different from your character?
Viola is definitely more in touch with her feminine side than I am!

Why do you feel Shakespeare’s plays are still relevant today?
The situations in Shakespeare’s plays may be larger than life, the characters may have more poetic ways to describe their emotions and actions, but the heart of who they are and what they struggle against is so human. Even hundreds of years ago, people dealt with heartbreak, social situations, family drama, careers… just as we do today.

Why do you enjoy performing Shakespeare?
I love getting to use such beautiful words and bring a trueness of humanity to life.

What professional actor do you admire and why?
Hugh Jackman- put him on stage, put him in a film, he is wonderful to watch.

If acting is not your day job, what is?
Directing and producing plays!

Describe your perfect Sunday afternoon.
Relaxing at home with my husband!

Call out someone who MUST see your show!
All the actors that have been in my past Shakespeare in the Hills shows. They finally get to watch me build a set, perform, and then take it down! Finally I get to know what I’ve asked all of you to do firsthand!

Bio for Aurora Culver:
Aurora Culver is excited to take the stage for Shakespeare in the Hills! Her latest endeavors include directing for Unbound Productions, Costa Mesa Playhouse, and acting with the Crescent Troupe for the Fringe Festival. With her company On the Edge Theatre Productions (www.otetheatre.com) she has directed shows such as INTO THE WOODS, A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM, and THE 39 STEPS. Aurora would like to thank her husband Kenneth and her family for their support. Thanks be to God. Matthew 19:26

Shakespeare in the Hills 2016

TWELFTH NIGHT directed by Dawn Doherty and MACBETH directed by Josefine Damgaard

Shakespeare’s TWELFTH NIGHT will play July 29, 30, 31, and August 7. In rep will be Shakespeare’s MACBETH performing August 5, 6, 12, and 13.

The shows will start at 7 p.m. The shows will be held on the lawn near the gazebo at the community center. Bring a beach chair, blanket, and a picnic dinner. Tickets are just $10 for adults. Kids 12 and under are free.

The show will be held at the Laguna Hills Community Center on the lawn by the gazebo, 25555 Alicia Pkwy, Laguna Hills, CA 92653.

For both productions being offered at this year’s Shakespeare in the Hills, we are accepting online registration at https://apm.activecommunities.com/lagunahillscs or follow “register a class” links at http://www.ci.laguna-hills.ca.us/ (follow “register a class” links).
On the day of each show, we are accepting cash only at the door (no checks, or debit/credit cards).

For more info: email aurorajculver@gmail.com
Like us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/otetheatre/
Follow us on Twitter @OnTheEdgeThtr
More info on OTE can be found at http://www.otetheatre.com

“Anyone and everyone can understand Shakespeare, and my goal is to help people become less afraid of the diverse language. ” Kaitlyn Smith aka Ross in MACBETH and Maria in TWELFTH NIGHT

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Shakespeare in the Hills 2016

Shakespeare’s TWELFTH NIGHT will play July 29, 30, 31, and August 7. In rep will be Shakespeare’s MACBETH performing August 5, 6, 12, and 13.

Headshot Kaitlyn Smith

KAITLYN SMITH plays Maria in Twelfth Night and Ross in Macbeth

Why do you enjoy performing Shakespeare?
I love the language! I enjoy how different it is to our normal vocabulary, and I see performing his plays as an opportunity to make the language accessible for everyone watching. Anyone and everyone can understand Shakespeare, and my goal is to help people become less afraid of the diverse language.

Describe the characters you play in 3 sentences or less.
Maria is Olivia’s sassy and fun loving servant! She always knows what to say and how to have a good time, whether it’s pranking her rival Malvolio or having a party with her man Toby & his friends.

Ross is a Thane (noble) and a female warrior within the armies of the play. She often brings news of events happening offstage, sometimes changing the course of a character’s life in a very impactful way. She has a very strong and loyal personality, following Macduff to the army opposing Macbeth despite the danger.

What similarities do you share with your characters?
Like Maria, I love to have fun!! I try to bring the party wherever I go!

I am deeply loyal to my friends and family as Ross is.

How are you different from your characters?
Maria is a little more vengeful than I am. She takes her prank with Malvolio further than I would go, and even though she doesn’t feel pity for him, as an objective reader I certainly do!

Ross is a bit more careful around others than I am, and she doesn’t have as many people she can trust in her life as I do. Being a woman in a man’s world has made her more wary of people, and while she enjoys her position she is always watching for hidden threats.

Why do you feel Shakespeare’s plays are still relevant today?
Though the language may sound different, the themes presented in Shakespeare’s plays still have those basic thoughts and ideas that all people resonate with. It’s applicable to any person and any time period. Presenting both classic and innovative Shakespeare performances exemplifies how dynamic and meaningful the basic ideas are.

What professional actor do you admire and why?
I admire the versatility and talent of Robin Williams very much. He was an amazingly talented voice actor, which is a field I have always been interested in. He was also able to perform in both incredibly hilarious and very dramatic roles effortlessly.

If acting is not your day job, what is?
I work for the Attractions Department of Disney California Adventure!

Describe your perfect Sunday afternoon.
I would enjoy reading around the house with some snacks and my cat purring on my lap.

Call out someone who MUST see your show!
My family & friends! You know who you are! …You’d better…

Performance Biography for Kaitlyn Smith:
Kaitlyn is pleased to be making her debut with this season of OTE’s Shakespeare in the Hills! She is a graduate of the University of California, Irvine (Theater & Education). This is her third time performing in Twelfth Night and her first time in Macbeth. Some favorite roles include Ursula & Hugh Oatcake (Much Ado About Nothing), Delightful (Dearly Departed), Lady Brackell (the Importance of Being Earnest), and Honey the Beggar (Threepenny Opera). She is literally a clown! Thanks to my family & friends for their support, and thanks to the wonderful directors for this opportunity! Much love, and enjoy the shows!

Shakespeare in the Hills 2016

TWELFTH NIGHT directed by Dawn Doherty and MACBETH directed by Josefine Damgaard

Shakespeare’s TWELFTH NIGHT will play July 29, 30, 31, and August 7. In rep will be Shakespeare’s MACBETH performing August 5, 6, 12, and 13.

The shows will start at 7 p.m. The shows will be held on the lawn near the gazebo at the community center. Bring a beach chair, blanket, and a picnic dinner. Tickets are just $10 for adults. Kids 12 and under are free.

The show will be held at the Laguna Hills Community Center on the lawn by the gazebo, 25555 Alicia Pkwy, Laguna Hills, CA 92653.

For both productions being offered at this year’s Shakespeare in the Hills, we are accepting online registration at https://apm.activecommunities.com/lagunahillscs or follow “register a class” links at http://www.ci.laguna-hills.ca.us/ (follow “register a class” links).
On the day of each show, we are accepting cash only at the door (no checks, or debit/credit cards).

For more info: email aurorajculver@gmail.com
Like us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/otetheatre/
Follow us on Twitter @OnTheEdgeThtr
More info on OTE can be found at http://www.otetheatre.com

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