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Scene from 'Macbeth, The Witches’ Cut’ at the Curtain Call Theater in Monte Rio. Photo by Chris Reid.
Scene from 'Macbeth, The Witches’ Cut’ at the Curtain Call Theater in Monte Rio. Photo by Chris Reid.

Women Take Center Stage
In the Classics


May 22, 2019
by Alexa Chipman


‘The Barber of Seville’

Almavia (Sergio Gonzalez) and Rosina (Maya Kherani). Photo by Veronique Kherian.“How can you not love this effervescent, irresistible and infectious music?” music director Mary Chun exclaims when thinking of Gioacchino Rossini’s ‘The Barber of Seville.’  The upcoming Cinnabar Theater production of this beloved comic opera is dynamic and satisfying. “It takes a unique type of voice to sing the rapid passage work…and we have an exceptional group of singers for the show,” Chun continues. “The intimate ambience of Cinnabar brings the opera to another level of expression that can’t be produced in larger venues.”

Set in the lush “Gilded Age” of the late 19th century, the scenery and production design is inspired by Rosina, the story’s heroine. “She is a modern woman trapped in a gilded cage…and she is not going to go gently into anyone’s goodnight” director Elly Lichenstein explains. “A great bonus for singing in English is that the jokes will occur in real time—audiences can be wholly connected.”

After a its run at Cinnabar, the production will be moving to other venues in the Bay Area, thanks to a partnership with Pocket Opera and its founder Donald Pippin. This delightful, laugh-out-loud funny and thought-provoking story “has it all” according to Lichenstein, and is the “perfect first opera for the uninitiated.”

‘The Barber of Seville’

June 7 - 23, 2019

Fri/Sat at 8:00pm, Sun at 2:00pm

Tickets: $40 General, $37 Seniors (Friday/Saturday) 

Cinnabar Theater

(707) 763-8920

3333 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma, CA 94952

‘Macbeth, The Witches’ Cut’

Scene from Macbeth, Macbeth-Witches Cut. Photo by Chris Reid.

‘Macbeth, The Witches’ Cut’ is an edited version of William Shakespeare’s play that focuses on female characters and their struggle for religious rights. Avilynn Pwyll has re-imagined the text from an unusual perspective. “Scotland was primarily Christian, yet the playwright managed to weave into his story the ongoing struggle of those who, to this day, practice modern versions of their ancient, indigenous, nature-based religion.” 

Pwyll interprets the political intervention of the witches as an attempt to protect their way of life. It is Lady Macbeth and her violent grab for power that twists the magick into darkness, which is why Hecate intervenes. “Where Shakespeare simply writes such instructions as ‘they sing and dance,’ we have included beautiful chants,” explains Pwyll and director Michael Tabib. This unusual interpretation of ‘Macbeth’ enhances the supernatural elements and will be an exciting experience in Monte Rio.

‘Macbeth, The Witches’ Cut’

May 31 – June 22, 2019

Fri/Sat at 8:00pm, Sun at 2:00pm

Tickets: $20 General, $15 Seniors / Students

June 22 Buffet Gala: $50 Donation

Curtain Call Theater

(707) 524-8739

20347 HWY 116, Monte Rio, CA 95462






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