‘The Beastmaster’s’ Marc Singer will play ‘Macbeth’ for Southern Shakespeare Festival

“Something wicked this way comes,” the cursed Scottish king once said, but what does he know?

Actor-director Marc Singer, of “The Beastmaster” (1982) fame, will play the starring role when Southern Shakespeare presents its next festival play, the tragedy “Macbeth,” in Cascades Park next spring.

Singer is best known for playing the bare-chested Beastmaster on the big screen and regular roles on such TV shows as “V.” The actor also won the L.A. Drama Critics Award for playing Petruchio in Shakepeare’s comedy “The Taming of the Shrew.”

“Marc is a friend of our previous special guest artist, Renee O’Connor, who graciously connected me to his agent,” actress and Southern Shakespeare executive director Laura Johnson said in an email on Monday. “I had seen clips from Mr. Singer’s stage performance in ‘Taming of the Shrew’ years earlier and was completely blown away. He is such an accomplished Shakespearean actor.”

The 70-year-old Singer will first visit Tallahassee in the fall, tentatively Oct. 25 through 28, to show “Beastmaster,” give a Q&A with fans, hold a masterclass with TCC students, meet locals during an evening that includes a scotch tasting, screen a different version of “Macbeth” and more. 

A few years ago, Singer’s sister, actress Lori Singer (“Footloose”), visited Florida State Film School. They hail from an artistic family and their father is a classical-music conductor.

In the past, the Southern Shakespeare company has presented “As You Like It” and “Romeo & Juliet.” It’s free and open to the public.

For more information, read this article at Tallahassee.com

Thank You Leon County School Board

What an incredible year it has been for the Southern Shakespeare Company already!

With the loss of state funds previously used to help support our education outreach in our Leon County schools, there was tremendous uncertainty about the ability for Southern Shakespeare to continue to provide our free workshops, intensives, productions, and bring Shakespeare Man and Sonnet Man to our Leon County School students.

However, the Leon County School Board voted unanimously to continue our K-12 program in the Leon County Schools and we could not wait another moment to say THANK YOU to the Superintendent and School Board for continuing to support our education programs.

We are so appreciative of the opportunities Southern Shakespeare has enjoyed in partnering with the Leon County School Board and we are proud to be marching together into a bright new year!

For a sampling of what Southern Shakespeare Company brings to our classrooms, watch our video here . . .

The education programming we provide to our Leon County School students, in the classroom and through our after-school programs, is another piece of our year-round educational programming and mission which includes training young artists through our junior acting troupe (The Bardlings) and apprenticeship opportunities through our Mainstage Company.

We are so grateful for the Leon County School Board and community support
and can’t wait to get the new year started!

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