Thin Air Shakespeare takes shape this summer, dates set

JACKSON HOLE, WYO – If perchance you observed two men fighting in the park, quell your trepidation dear soul. It was all in good sport and preparation for the real swordplay showdown in the Thin Air Shakespeare production of Macbeth.

It is the 6th anniversary of the Off Square Theatre Company hosting the summer theatre production. It is slated for July 6-8, and July 13-15 in the outdoor amphitheater at the Center for the Arts.

Thin Air Shakespeare blends the best in professional theatre with the community’s love of the outdoors, creating an accessible experience of theatre. Shakespeare’s most feared and popular tragedy, Macbeth spins a tale of magic, destiny, betrayal, and ambition as we watch the timeless push and pull of one of the most powerful couples in literary history.

The lawn will open for picnicking and pre-show entertainment at 6:30pm each night, with the show beginning at 7:30pm. Audiences are encouraged to bring their own blanket and picnic. Additionally, we are pleased to announce that for the first time, we will have dual American Sign Language interpreters during our July 7th performance.

Duarte and Thompson get in a little ‘fight’ time recently.

“It is energizing to see the impact that the arts are making throughout the United States. These NEA-supported projects, such as this one by Off Square Theatre Company, are good examples of how the arts build stronger and more vibrant communities, improve well-being, prepare our children to succeed, and increase the quality of our lives,” said NEA chair Jane Chu. “At the National Endowment for the Arts, we believe that all people should have access to the joy, opportunities and connections the arts bring.”

Prior to opening night, the public is invited to join Off Square for ScripTease on July 1st at 5:00pm in the Conference Room at the Center for the Arts. Dr. Karin Waidley will lead a discussion on Jo Nesbo’s new book, Macbeth, published by Hogarth Shakespeare Press.

Local performers include Jamie Reilly, Kelsey Johnson, Craig Kirkpatrick, Maddie Haws, Jason Ruff, Henry Eden and local students Mila Berry and Dillon Hanna.

Guest artists include Luis Kelly-Duarte in the role of Macbeth, Christina Okolo as Lady Macbeth, stuntman and fight choreographer Trampas Thompson in the role of Banquo, Marguerite French, Tommy Waddell, and returning guests, Pat Towne, Taylor Thomson and Kendall Johnson.

Also returning for another season are LA director Edgar Landa, and LA based set designer Maureen Weiss.

Thin Air Shakespeare is supported by the Center for the Arts, the Center of Wonder, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Community Foundation of Jackson Hole, Arts for All, and generous private support. Off Square Theatre Company is supported in part by a grant from the Wyoming Arts Council, through funding from the Wyoming State Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Guest Director for Thin Air Shakespeare:

Edgar Landa lives in Los Angeles and works at theatres large and small throughout Southern California as an actor, director and fight choreographer. He is returning to Jackson for his fourth summer with Thin Air Shakespeare, after directing The Tempest, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Taming of the Shrew.

Guest Artist appearing as Banquo:

Trampas Thompson is thrilled to be joining Thin Air Shakespeare for Macbeth. Having grown up in Jackson Hole, Trampas is grateful to be returning to this beautiful place once again. In addition to acting, Trampas has been a professional stuntman and a stunt coordinator in Hollywood for over 20 years.

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