By Alheri Egor-Egbe ’17
In her first semester at Mount Holyoke College, Jenny Daniels took an acting class on a whim. She fell in love with the craft, took many more classes, and four years later is directing her own production of Macbeth.
Daniels took on the directing responsibilities as her senior project.
“I realized that one of Shakespeare’s tragedies would be ideal because of the powerful text,” she said. “I chose Macbeth specifically because I wanted to take a story that many people know, but maybe not as well as they might think. Shakespeare’s plays can be transformed into so many incarnations and I couldn’t pass up the chance to try it for myself.”
Directing a play for her senior project also gave Daniels the opportunity to put some of her classroom lessons into practice.
“I have studied theater with a variety of professors at Mount Holyoke, the Five Colleges, and abroad,” she said. “Doing a senior project meant that I had the opportunity to take aspects of everything I have learned and discovered over the past four years and pour them into one production.”
While the play will retain the original themes of ambition, avarice, and violence, Daniels’ version will feature an all-female cast and a few surprises.
Performances will take place at 7:30 pm, Thursday through Sunday, April 14–16, and at 2 pm on Sunday, April 17, in Mount Holyoke’s Rooke Theatre. The show is timed in remembrance of the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death.
Due to scenes including violence, the play is not recommended for children under 13. Rooke Theatre is wheelchair-accessible. For reservations, call the Rooke Theatre box office at 413-538-2406 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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