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Macbeth Cast
Macbeth…..Andy Davis
Lady Macbeth…Eleni Fragopoulos
Malcolm…Ethan Copeland
Duncan, Doctor…Evan Stevens
Banquo, Ghost…Steven W Gwilt
Lennox…Brent Fleshman
Ross…Richard “Rico” McMahon
Macduff…Josh Winscott
Lady Ailsa Macduff…Samantha Raper
Gregor Macduff…Gus Creter
Rose Macduff…Haley Smith
1st Murderer, Bloody Sergent, Menteith…Travis Flatt
2nd Murderer, Donalbain…Tyler Martin
Seyton (3rd Murder, Porter)…Josh Rapp
1st Witch…Dave Davidson
2nd Witch…Lisa Shinn
3rd Witch…Kate Breidert
Fleance…Caleb Grider
Old Man, English soldier…Lynn England
Gentlewoman…Amanda August
Ensemble, Thane, soldier…Jordan “Beard” Wolfe
Ensemble, Thane, soldier…Ryan Steele

Production Team
Producer…..Chad McDonald
Director…..Mark Harry Creter
Technical Director…..Matthew Wilson
Stage Manager…..Liv Sinclair
Fight Director/Choreographer…..Bob Borwick
Production Assistant…..Joshua Mickel
Production Assistant…..David Domm
Lighting Design…..Matthew Wilson
Sound Design…..Mark Harry Creter
Sound Board operator…..Kim Frick-Welker
Scenic Design…..Mark Creter, Matthew Wilson
Set Construction…..Matthew Wilson,
Chad McDonald, Roger Long
Scenic Painter…..Kim Frick-Welker
Costumer…..Jennifer Dotson-Creter
Assistant Costumer…..Anthony Herd
Additional sewing…..Shane Langford, Mary Boring,
Jamie Johnson
Prop Meister, Blood expert…..Colin Forsythe,
Props…..Frick-Welker, Mark H. Creter
Shakespeare Logo Design…..Wayne Hogan
Poster & Program Design…..Matthew Wilson
Program Layout …..Steve Gwilt

Acknowledgments
Backdoor Playhouse
Dave Johnson, Cookeville Communications
Megan Trotter, Ty Kernea, Herald-Citizen,
Stage One Dance Studio
Rob Wheeler, Wesley Arena Theatre

Biographies
Andrew N. Davis (Macbeth) is excited to be appearing in his first Shakespeare show in Dogwood Park.  Previously, he has acted, directed, and written in his native Virginia as well as Birmingham, Houston, Atlanta, and New York City.  In Cookeville he has appeared in Doubt as Father Flynn, The Diviners as C.C. Showers, and directed Falling In Like for CPAC’s Backstage Series.  He’d like to thank all of the wonderful people involved in bringing this show to performance.  He is especially appreciative of Mr. Creter for his insights and constant support.

Eleni Fragopoulos (Lady Macbeth) ) is absolutely ecstatic to have the opportunity to play such a coveted role before she gets too old.  Eleni has been in many shows over the years with one of her favorite roles being Blanche in Streetcar Named Desire.  She would like to thank her children, Darius and Nina, for not throwing too many fits while gone to rehearsals or shows.  Eleni would like to dedicate this performance to all of her students past and present from middle schoolers through college.  And to the cast…well you all know how she feels about you.

Ethan Copeland (Malcolm) ) likes to act. His recent credits include playing King Ferdinand at the TTU BDPH in Love’s Labour’s Lost, pulling triple duty as The Duke of Venice, Tubal, and Laucuelot Gobbo in The Merchant of Venice at Shakespeare in the Park, and portraying Sancho Panza in CPAC’s The Man of La Mancha.

Evan Stevens (Duncan, Doctor) has been in two previous productions of “The Scottish Play” & survived.  Perhaps the curse isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.

Steven W Gwilt (Banquo, Ghost) has been involved with every Dogwood Shakespeare in the Park since the initial nine years past. Thank you to EVERYONE involved in Shakespeare in the Park, including you the audientia. Heaps of love to Vegas-wife Amy.

Brent Fleshman (Lennox) is happy to be in Shakespeare in the Park. A big thank you to Mark, and our amazing cast who made me feel at home. Previous productions include Fiddler on the Roof, Merry Wives of Windsor, Sound of Music, Moon over Buffalo, Playboy of the Western World, Dracula, Beyond Therapy, Run For Your Wife, The Car, Violet, The Atomic View Motel, and Plaza Suite.

Richard “Rico” McMahon (Ross) is happy to be in his first Shakespeare in the Park; he played Marcellus in The Music Man and appeared in The Good Doctor. He also enjoys taking the stage at TTU’s Backdoor Playhouse where he recently played Leaf Coneybear in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Rico is currently working on two degrees at Tennessee Tech and plans to graduate this fall…given his sanity stays with him. He would like to thank everyone for coming out to enjoy the show and warns you that he rides his unicycle home.

Josh Winscott (Macduff) MacBeth is Josh’s third Shakespeare in the Park production, and is especially happy to play this role, since he is a member of the Scottish Clan Donnachaidh, which claims descent from King Duncan. Revenge is sweet. Much love to his three wonderful children: Mary Grace, Jack, and Benjamin.

Samantha Raper (Lady Ailsa Macduff) is thrilled to be playing in the Park yet again. She has appeared several times in Shakespeare in the Park, her favorite role being Portia in Merchant of Venice. She wants to thank Mark, and her very talented fellow castmates, for making this experience murderously fun. Also all her love and appreciations go to Erik, Elijah, Camilla, and Judah for supporting her acting shenanigans.

Gus Creter (Gregor Macduff) ) is excited to be acting in one of “Dad’s plays” for the very first time. He has performed at CPAC with Stage One Dance Studio for many years. This past summer he performed with his Dad, Mark Creter, in the ballet Giselle (choreographed by his Mom, Jennifer Dotson-Creter). He has also participated in workshops with the Cookeville Children’s Theatre. He wants to thank his Mom and Dad for their awesomeness, “but please tell my Dad to stop singing”. He also wants his extended family to know, “I love you”.

Haley Smith (Rose Macduff) ) is performing in her first Shakespeare in the Park. She last acted on stage in The Vagina Monologues at the Backdoor Playhouse and had an amazing time with her fellow actresses. Haley would like to thank her friends and family for their love and support, and she hopes they know how amazing they are.

Travis Flatt (1st Murderer, Bloody Sergent, Menteith) has acted all over the South and loves Renaissance literature.. This is his fourth Shakespeare in the Park here in Dogwood. He wishes to thank YOU for supporting the local arts.

Tyler Martin (2nd Murderer, Donalbain) ) is glad to be in his first Shakespeare in the Park production. He portrayed Dull in Love’s Labour’s Lost at the Backdoor Playhouse. Tyler would like to give a shout out to his best friend Kyle who will be heading to Afghanistan after this play is over. He would like to thank everyone has supported him in these endeavors. He would also like to thank the cast and crew of this production for all the hard they have put in.

Josh Rapp (Seyton, 3rd Murder, Porter) A veteran actor of the B.D.P.H, Josh is ecstatic about his return to Cookeville after his summer stint with the Tennessee Stage Company under the direction of Tom Parkhill. Some of his favorite roles include Buddy Layman from The Diviners and Lord Berowne from Love’s Labour’s Lost. Joshua is incredibly blessed to have the opportunity to work with such an amazing group of people whom he happily considers his family. He would like to thank his family for their support and Mark Creter for his continual mentorship
(with less suck).

Dave Davidson (1st Witch) Thank you Mark for casting me in a role that will give children nightmares. This will be my fourth appearance and fifth play for Shakespeare in the Park; always a pleasure.  Please give a big hand to the Leisure Services Department of the City of Cookeville for sponsoring this event. I look forward to directing again soon and to acting in Marat/Sade at the Backdoor Playhouse this coming spring.

Lisa Shinn (2nd Witch) loves to witch-around.

Kate Breidert (3rd Witch) was struck by the curse of the Scottish Play. By the grace of the Bard, she has fully recovered and is honored to perform.

Caleb Grider (Fleance) loves to act.

Lynn England (Old Man, Monk, English soldier) received his vocal training at Tennessee Tech University as an undergraduate. He also holds degrees from two other universities. Lynn has been a member of musical theatre companies both locally and in Monterrey, CA, San Angelo, TX and Baltimore, MD. He was last seen at CPAC in “Man of La Mancha” in the role of “Padre Perez”. Lynn would like to express his admiration to this wonderfully talented company and is honored to be among them.

Amanda August (Gentlewoman) is a sophomore education major at Tennessee Tech. This is her second year performing in Shakespeare in the Park. You may have seen her last year in The Merchant of Venice. She would like to thank Mark for giving her this opportunity to finally play a woman and her family and friends for all of their support.

Jordan “Beard” Wolfe (Ensemble, Thane, soldier) loves to act.

Ryan Steele (Ensemble, Thane, soldier) loves to act.

Liv Sinclair (Stage Manager) is thrilled to be working on her 7th Shakespeare in the Park production. She is usually running around in the background somewhere at one of the theatres in town.  She would like to thank all of her cast and crew for making this production so much fun.  Much love to her theatre family and especially to her two precious nieces and her nephew.  Enjoy the show.

Bob Borwick (Fight director/choreographer) Bob is a Certified Teacher with the Society of American Fight Directors and has taught and choreographed for 20 years in San Francisco, Seattle and many other places mainly on the West Coast. Since moving to Athens, TN he has had the good fortune to work with Charles Miller and the exceptional theatre program at Pellissippi State. Bob is the author of the acclaimed book Crazy Janet and much younger photos of him can be seen as the primary action model in Richard Lane’s highly successful book, Swashbuckling.

Mark Harry Creter is a Professor of Theatre for the Tennessee Technological University’s Department of English and Communications as well as the artistic director of the campus theatre, the TTU Backdoor Playhouse. Recently he directed productions of Love’s Labour’s Lost by William Shakespeare, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Dracula by Crane Johnson, and Assassins by Stephen Sondheim. Recent performances include Willy in Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller, and the challenging role of “Mark” in the Wesley Arena Theatre production of Every Christmas Story ever Told (and then some). Every summer he attends the Bonnaroo Music Festival in Manchester, TN where he teaches interactive theatre workshops for The Academy at Bonnaroo.
He received his Bachelor of Arts in Theatrical Production from Lynchburg College in Lynchburg, Virginia and his Master of Fine Arts in Acting and Directing from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. After finishing his college training he spent a number of years performing professionally in regional theatres and dinner theatres from Greensboro, North Carolina to Omaha, Nebraska. He has lived in Cookeville for 20 years where he works with all the local theatre groups in one capacity or another. He was instrumental in the formation of the Dogwood Shakespeare Festival, which celebrates its ninth season in downtown Cookeville. He directed the inaugural production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, as well as successful productions of Romeo and Juliet, The Taming of the Shrew, and Twelfth Night.
He has received awards for outstanding directing and acting from the Knoxville Area Theatre Coalition. He received the Artist /Patron award from the Cookeville Arts Council and the Intellectual Freedom Award from the National Council of Teachers of English for his work directing and producing benefit productions of The Vagina Monologues by Eve Ensler. In 2008 he received the QEP Award of Excellence in Innovative Instruction with his colleague Andy Smith.
He is professionally associated with the Tennessee Theatre Association where he has served in numerous capacities such as President, Vice-President, College and University Division Chair, and Middle Tennessee Representative. He has also been involved with the South Eastern Theatre Conference, the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival and the David Mamet Society.
He is married to local dance instructor/choreographer and co-owner of the Stage One Dance Studio, Jennifer Dotson-Creter. When they are not collaborating on various theatre or dance projects they are raising their beautiful blue-eyed son Gus.

A Few Thoughts from the Director…

I love this play. It has a lean efficiency in storytelling that I admire as well as cool fight scenes, freaky witches, and a whole lot of violence. Plus, the history of the curse of this play is titillating. I had the great good-fortune to perform the role of Banquo in a production of Macbeth that was produced by the Tennessee Stage Company in Knoxville, TN, back in 1995. Working on the show then was a real revelation for me and although I was only early into my directing career I remember thinking, “someday I will direct Macbeth.” So that day has finally arrived. While the Performance Pavilion is a terrific space, I knew for a while now that I wanted to use the actual grass and trees as my performance area. That the audience could sit in the natural seating area created by the city to watch the play put me in mind of the Greek theatre of old. There is a wonderful primitiveness to this production that is very exciting for me.  It goes back to the earliest origins of theatre, a place to perform, a place to watch, and an audience to “behold the swelling scene.” I had taken a break from working on the Bard for the last few years but, starting with last spring’s Love’s Labour’s Lost at the Backdoor Playhouse, I am so happy to be back in Shakespeare’s world.  His plays give directors and actors so much to work with that the rehearsal process is continually thrilling. And what a group of talented actors I have to work with! Their talent, their trust and their willingness to work hard, outdoors, with bugs, and heat, and cold, and rain…need I go on? They are amazing. I am so grateful to each of them for what they have brought to this production. I would also be remiss if I didn’t thank the tech crew for their hard work, particularly my lovely wife, Jennifer Dotson-Creter for building so many amazing costumes.  The whole creative process for this production has been extremely gratifying. Kudos to the city of Cookeville, and the Department of Leisure Services for supporting Shakespeare in the Park and to creating such a terrific park in which to work. Thank you for attending tonight’s production and keep supporting to arts in our community.
Mark H. Creter