Macbeth in Space
based on the play by William Shakespeare
adapted and directed by Caroline Kaminsky
In a delusion of species supremacy, earth-humans have spread their reign through the galaxy. While the conquerors play their power-games, the aliens of colonized Planet Inverness seek revenge on humankind. Are the Macbeths slowly poisoned to madness by their own ambition, or by a mysterious energy native to the planet?
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Nick Schwarz (Macbeth) Dean’s Men experience is as Edmund in King Lear. He thanks you for coming to the show.
Abigail Scharf (Lady Macbeth) is a second-year studying Political Science. She has previously been Gloucester in King Lear, and Marian/Robin Hood in Marian, or the True Tale of Robin Hood.
Charlotte Manier (First Witch) is a third-year studying Biology and Law, Letters, and Society. She was previously in the Dean’s Men production of Romeo & Juliet as the Nurse. Looking forward, she is very excited to be a co-director for the Dean’s Men’s next production, Twelfth Night. Though she’ll definitely miss being a little creature with her weird sisters when this production is over. Heeheehoohoo
Alex Nobert (Second Witch) is a third-year Environmental Science and History major. She has previously acted in Romeo & Juliet (Mercutio), King Lear (Regan), The Heirs (Aveline) and Original Sin (ensemble member), as well as Hyde Park Community Players’ Much Ado About Nothing (Don John). When she is not crouching on stage, she is trying her best to promote sustainability on campus (please please sign up for the subsidized off campus composting program!! Ask me about it, I’ll send you the link!). She is so grateful to be a part of this incredible cast and crew. And lastly, hee hee hoo hoo.
Sophie Knifton (Third Witch) is a third-year Psychology and Gender and Sexuality Studies major. She was most recently seen in the Dean’s Men’s production of Love’s Labour’s Lost (Jaquenetta/Maria). Her other Shakespeare experience includes Hamlet (Hamlet) and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Titania). She currently serves as the social chair for the Dean’s Men board. She hopes you enjoy the show!
Abigail Spencer (Queen Duncan/Siward) is “allegedly” a Master’s student in the MAPSS department studying Psychology (we have not confirmed this department exists). Abigail claims to have “received a BS in Sociology and a BA in Forensic Psychology” (needs citation). Abigail dedicates this performance to “Precious and Peach cat” (these cats are real but we are still investigating how they are connected to Abigail.) [This bio is awaiting review from our team of fact checkers].
Jack Pflieger (Porter)
Nathalie Lam (Malcolm) is an Associate Professor at Booth indirectly responsible for the latest Nobel Prize in Economics (she has been to a physical bank). You might recognise her from her work on 90 Day Fiancee, the moon landing hoax, and starting the cult The SM (Scientology and Manson) Collective™. Over winter break, Nathalie finally won her custody battle over her children (yay!).
Jonathan Rufino (Ross) is a physics major and premed. Previous Dean’s Men credits include Autumn 2022’s Romeo & Juliet (Capulet), Spring 2022’s King Lear (King Lear), Autumn 2021’s Love’s Labours Lost (Ferdinand), Spring 2019’s Twelfth Night (Sir Andrew Aguecheek), and Winter 2019’s Macbeth (Macduff).
Julia Morales (Lennox) is a first-year double majoring in Near Eastern Language and Culture with a focus on Ancient Egypt, and History with a focus on the Ancient Mediterranean. She has previously worked on Marian, or the True Tale of Robin Hood (Lucy), and Arms and the Man (Louka). Offstage, she enjoys singing, cross-stitching, fashion design, and exercising. She hopes you enjoy the show!
Valerie Zhao (Donalbain/Doctor)
George Hagle (Banquo) is a second-year History and Cognitive Science major. Not only is this his Dean’s Men debut, but it’s also his first UT performance.
Natalie Floreancig (Lady Macduff/Fleance) is an Associate Professor at Booth indirectly responsible for the latest Nobel Prize in Physics (she has been to a physical lab). You might recognize her from her work on 90 Day Fiancee with her now ex, who is also in this production, and the moon landing hoax. Over winter break, Natalie unfortunately lost her custody battle over her name and her children :(
Lauren Sklarz (Young Siward/Macduff’s Son) is a first-year interested in studying Creative Writing and Economics. Macbeth in Space is her first show with UT and the Dean’s Men and she’s so excited to be a part of the cast!
Jeff Lind (Macduff)
Sanghee Kim (Noble) is a fifth-year PhD student in Linguistics. This is her first time performing in Chicago, and she’s really grateful to have been able to be part of the production with a lot of amazing people.
Caroline Kaminsky (Director) “I see, I hear, I detect odors, I touch; I feel changes in temperature, taste. I sense the passage of time. I may take emotive samples. Ahhhhh! I am happy. You see, Gurney, Namri? There’s no mystery about a human life. It’s not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced.” - Leto Atreides II
Eleni Lefakis (Dramaturg) is a second-year TAPS and Data Science major. Her previous UT mainstage credits are The Heirs (Stage Manager), The Trail to Oregon! (Assistant Director/Dramaturg), Romeo & Juliet (Co-Production Manager), and Marian, or the True Tale of Robin Hood (Dramaturg/Assistant Director). She is also currently working on The Laramie Project (SM Collective™), going up 8th week Winter in Theater East, Be More Chill (Co-Director), going up 6th Week Spring in Theater West, and Twelfth Night (Production Manager), going up 7th Week Spring in the Hutch Courtyard! She is happy to see this insane production come to life and thankful for the opportunity to stay involved with the Dean’s Men and return to her dramaturgical roots with a Shakespeare production.
Coco Liu (Production Manager) is a second-year Chemistry and Linguistics major. She has previously worked on Love’s Labour’s Lost (Assistant Stage Manager), The Light (Stage Manager), King Lear (Co-Stage Manager), Romeo & Juliet (Co-Production Manager), and in the upcoming The Laramie Project (Stage Management Collective™). She will come up with a fun fact in a future bio when she’s not spending all her evenings in either rehearsals or performances.
Yufei Chen (Co-Stage Manager) is a first year student. She has previously worked on Marian, or the True Tale of Robin Hood in Autumn 2022 (Assistant Stage Manager). She wants to say thank you to all cast and crew, but particularly the amazing SM team!
Sophie Regales (Co-Stage Manager) is a third year Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations major. She has previously worked on Romeo & Juliet (Assistant Stage Manager). She would like to thank the cast and crew for all of their hard work and everyone who came! She would also particularly like to thank the amazing SM Team (especially her co-SM Yufei who is the only reason she survived this process 💖)
Pallas Eible Hargro (Scenic Designer)
Jess Aaron (Props Designer) is a third-year Philosophy and History major. She serves as Treasurer of the Dean’s Men Board, the Social Chair of her dance group Rhythmic Bodies in Motion, and Orientation Student Director for UChicago’s Orientation Team. Jess also works as a research assistant on a project about planetary epistemology in science fiction pulp magazines.
Anna German (Costume Designer)
Belle Nahoom (Hair & Makeup Designer) is a second-year Art History and Data Science major. Her previous theatre credits with UT include The Heirs (ASM), Marian (ASM), The Intruder Workshop (Costume Designer), Scientific Method (Costume Designer), the Queen of Spades Workshop (SM & PM), and the B.A. Thesis, Yivdak (Jared), in addition to the upcoming The Laramie Project (SM Collective™). She is also involved with the Commedia Dell’Arte improv troupe on campus.
Emily Curran (Lighting Designer) is a first-year and this is her second Dean’s Men show. Last quarter she worked on Romeo & Juliet (Assistant Lighting Designer) and she is looking forward to continuing sitting behind the tech table and hitting buttons.
Kelly Mao (Sound Designer) is a second-year Computer Science and Mathematics major whose previous UT/Dean’s Men credits include Romeo & Juliet (Asst. Sound Designer), King Lear (Co-Stage Manager), and Love’s Labour’s Lost (Asst. Stage Manager). She’s largely spent this quarter hanging out with other members of the SM Collective™ (which is currently stage managing The Laramie Project, going up next week in Theater East!) and thinking longingly of their upcoming spring break trip (join the listhost SMring-SMreak-SMrip@lists.uchicago.edu!).
Spencer Ng (Projections Designer) is a fourth-year studying Theater & Performance Studies and Computer Science. He serves as the UT Committee Chair, and his credits include The Intruder (Projections Designer), King Lear (Production Manager), Love’s Labour’s Lost (Stage Manager), and My H8 Letter to the Gr8 American Theatre (Stage Manager), in addition to the upcoming The Laramie Project (SM Collective™). He’s grateful to be working with the Dean’s Men for one last time, and he hopes you enjoy the beautiful landscapes of Inverness drawn by Yifan and the many space windows!
Steele Citrone (Assistant Director)
Nora Schultz (Assistant Director) is a third-year English and Gender & Sexuality Studies major. Her flimsy excuse for not being involved in any campus theatre last quarter is that she was in London (which she never, ever drops into conversation), but you may remember her as Dumaine/Forester in last year’s production of Love’s Labour’s Lost. In addition to being the Secretary of the Dean’s Men, you can usually find Nora doing quick Wiktionary searches in rehearsal and trying to untangle yarn knots in her knitting projects.
Adrian Leonard (Assistant Dramaturg)
Maya Carlos Doyle (Assistant Production Manager) is a second-year in the College and a possible English/Linguistics double-major. She’d like to remind everyone that this is NOT in fact her first Dean’s Men show — her UT debut was as an Assistant Scenic Designer in Love’s Labour’s Lost. Other (non-Shakespearean) past roles include: Stage Manager on Marian (UT Fall 2022); Lighting Designer on Scientific Method (UT Spring 2022); Assistant Stage Manager on Amazons and Their Men (TAPS Winter 2022); Stage Management Collective™ on The Laramie Project (UT Winter 2023); and assorted Assistant-ing in Lights and Production Management throughout the UT 2021–2022 season™.
Maisie Thompson (Assistant Stage Manager)
Chenjia Zhang (Assistant Stage Manager) is a first-year undecided major, still exploring in what he is truly interested in. Macbeth in Space (Assistant Stage Manager) is his first show in University Theater, and he is really excited in joining the Macbeth in Space production team.
Jacob Halabe (Assistant Stage Manager)
Ariana Baginski (Assistant Scenic Designer) is a fourth-year Molecular Engineering major on the Bioengineering track and TAPS minor. She has previously worked for several UT productions including Romeo & Juliet (Lady Capulet), The Trail to Oregon! (Co-Stage Manager), My H8 Letter to the Gr8 American Theatre (Assistant Sound Designer), The Old Man and the Old Moon (Assistant Scenic Designer), and The Winter’s Tale (Assistant Scenic Designer), as well as the upcoming The Laramie Project (Stage Management Collective™). She would like to thank Pallas for giving her an opportunity to work in scenic again before she graduates and hopes you enjoy the show!
Nick Park (Assistant Scenic Designer)
Aneth Rodriguez (Assistant Scenic Designer)
Noor Syafira Shih (Assistant Props Designer)
Libby Konjoyan (Assistant Costume Designer) is a first-year in the College. She has previously worked on Marian, or the True Tale of Robin Hood (Assistant Costume Designer).
Christian Beltran (Assistant Lighting Designer) is a first-year Computer Science major. He did acting all four years of high school and performed in Romeo & Juliet last quarter, but has turned to the dark side (pun very much intended) to do Assistant Lights for Macbeth in Space. He hopes to hold more production and management roles in the future. Enjoy the show! If you can see it…
Colin Cooper (Assistant Sound Designer)
Frances Poth (Assistant Sound Designer)
Yifan Zou (Assistant Projections Designer) is a second-year Media Arts and Design and Computer Science major. She has previously worked on King Lear (Assistant Scenic Designer).
June Villers (UT Committee Liaison)
Belle Nahoom (Tech Staff Liaison)