Movement Macbeth tells tale through movement and dance

Photo by Sue Suchyta
Faculty member Gerry Dzuiblinski retells Shakespeare’s “Macbeth” in a 45-minute experimental adaptation using movement and dance with no spoken words. The production features Anthony Lai’s original score. Sabrina Loving (left), 19, of Romulus appears as a death totem witch, with Tim Pollack, 20, of Wyandotte as Macbeth; India Jackson (front left, kneeling), 19, of Detroit as an attendant witch; Maryanne Peeples (rear center), 62, of Detroit as Hecate; Samantha York, 21, of Dearborn as Lady Macbeth; Starsha Varner (front, second from left, kneeling), 20, of Wayne as a witch; Courtney Butterfield (front right, kneeling), 23, of Redford as an attendant witch; Amanda Chahine, 19, of Dearborn Heights, as the nature totem witch; and Natalie Pares (right), 20, of Dearborn as an animal totem witch. The drama runs Thursday through Sunday, with 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday shows and a 2 p.m. Sunday matinee. For more information call 313-845-9817, contact Dzuiblinski at or go to

By Sue Suchyta
“Movement Macbeth,” a haunting retelling of the tragic tale opens Thursday at Henry Ford Community College with an experimental version expressed through movement and dance.

HFCC theater faculty member Gerry Dzuiblinski’s 45-minute adaption features an original score by Anthony Lai.

Performances are at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Thursday through Saturday with a 2 p.m. Sunday matinee.

Performances are in Adray Auditorium in the MacKenzie Fine Arts Center at HFCC, 5101 Evergreen Road in Dearborn.

Tim Pollack, 20, of Wyandotte plays Macbeth to Samantha York, 21, of Dearborn’s Lady Macbeth.

Sabrina Loving, 19, of Romulus plays a death totem witch; India Jackson, 19, of Detroit plays an attendant witch; and Maryanne Peeples, 62, of Detroit plays Hecate.

Starsha Varner, 20, of Wayne plays a witch, as does Courtney Butterfield, 23, of Redford who plays an attendant witch. Amanda Chahine, 19, of Dearborn Heights, plays the nature totem witch and Natalie Pares, 20, of Dearborn plays an animal totem witch.

Tickets are $7, with limited on-stage seating.

For more information call 313-845-9817, contact Dzuiblinski at or go to

“The Ugly Duckling,” opens Tuesday at Wayne State University as the Hilberry Theatre summer show for young audiences. Ric Averill’s stage adaptation is based Hans Christian Andersen’s classic tale of an insecure and imitative duckling that grows up to become a swan.

The show runs at 10:30 a.m. on June 19 to 22, 27 to 29 and July 5 to 7, with the July 3 show sold out. Tickets are $5 for children, $8 for adults and $5 each for groups of 10 or more.

The theatre is located at 4743 Cass Ave. at Hancock on the Wayne State campus in Detroit. For tickets or more information call 313-577-2972 or go to

All members of the ensemble take turns playing the part of Udrich the lonely duckling who for a year tries to mimic other animals and even a human in his search for identity.

The ensemble includes Michael Fisher of Garden City as Drake, a dog and a man, Assata Haki of Detroit as neighbor, turkey and hen and Sydney Machesky of Royal Oak as a sibling duck and a swan.

Julie Moriarty of Leawood, Kan., plays Mother Duck and Topher Payne of Tulsa Okla., plays a boy, old woman and a child. Danielle Cochrane Simonian of Garden City plays a sibling duck, goose and a swan.

Aaron Westlake and Nancy Florkowski co-direct, with Regina Spain as the set and properties designer and Fred Florkowski as the technical designer.

Mary Leyendecker designed the costumes, Tyler Ezell designed the lighting and Amy Schneider designed the sound effects.

The Waterworks Theatre Company will offer Shakespeare’s “Henry the Fifth,” “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and a magical hour of sonnets this summer in Starr Jaycee Park in Royal Oak.

“Henry the Fifth” runs Aug. 2 to 12, with 8 p.m. shows Thursday through Saturday and 5 p.m. Sunday matinees. Sara Kathryn Wolf directs the show, which features Michael Brian Ogden in the title role. The $20 tickets are good for any performance.

“A Midsummer Night’s Dream” runs Aug. 4 to 12 in the form of a fun hour for the family, with five actors playing the parts.

Barton Bund directs the show, which runs at 1 p.m. Aug. 4, 5, 11 and 12 and at 7 p.m. for the Aug. 7 and 8 performances.

Performances of Shakespeare’s “Summer Sonnets” will take place at 3 p.m. on Aug. 5, 6, 11 and 12 in the park as part of a modern tale compiled by playwright Audra Lord. Admission is free.

The Water Works Academy will offer professional training in the park July 9 to 12 for high school students. A Kids Act performance workshop for students in grades 1 to 8 is set for Aug. 6 to 11 as well.

For tickets and more information call 248-399-3727 or go to