Jamestown Arts Center announced today that they are thrilled to announce the continuation of their partnership with the Brown/Trinity Rep MFA Programs with the eighth annual presentation of two Shakespeare plays. This season the Brown/Trinity Rep MFA Programs presents Macbeth directed by Eddie DeHais and The Tempest directed by Aileen McGroddy

Macbeth directed by Eddie DeHais – In this wildly fantastical rendition of Shakespeare’s epic the unpredictable is the norm. A coven of raving mad and mischievous witches leads a journey marked by Macbeth’s bloody rise to power, Lady Macbeth’s descent into madness, and the brutal climax. Visual spectacle, unexpected laughter, and nightmarish screams propel this story about the repercussions of unchecked ambition.

The Tempest directed by Aileen McGroddy – After a mysterious storm strands shipwreck survivors on a strange island, the island’s inhabitants – the deposed duke Prospero, his daughter Miranda, and several magical spirits – must adapt to the changes these new visitors bring. What starts out as Prospero’s pursuit of vengeance becomes a magical and musical story of love and justice.

About the Directors:

Eddie DeHais  (they/them) is a director-choreographer, writer, and visual artist, who uses physical theater and rigorous collaboration to investigate the best and worst of human nature in both new work and classic texts. Recently based in Seattle, they are a Brown-Trinity Rep MFA Directing Candidate. Eddie served as the Director of New Works for Café Nordo where they launched its New Works Program, The Pressure Cooker, and as the Founding Artistic Director of DangerSwitch!, a collaborative physical theatre ensemble that produced original action-based theatre in Seattle from 2015-2018. Various Seattle credits include The Intiman, Book-it Repertory, the 14/48 Projects, Annex Theatre, Café Nordo, Ghost Light Theatricals, ArtsWest, and Live Girls. Chicago credits include assistant directing at the Goodman and Court Theatre. Eddie received their degree in Theater & Performance Studies from the University of Chicago and studied clown and physical theater at L’École Clown et Comédie Francine Côté. In 2018, Eddie was an SDCF Observer for Robert O’Hara’s Macbeth at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, a two-time Metcalf Fellow, an Intiman Theater Emerging Director, and a 4Culture Grant and Smart Ventures Grant recipient.    

Aileen Wen McGroddy is a director who uses the theatre as a social space for interrogating pasts and imagining futures. Her work is imaginative, inclusive, and playfully experimental, integrating elements of clown, puppetry, site-specificity, physical theatre, audience interaction, and live music. She became a person in New York; a theatre artist in Chicago; and a soon-to-be Master of Fine Arts in Directing (2021) at Brown-Trinity in Providence, RI. Credits include: Summer and Smoke, Akira Kurosawa Explains his Movies and Yogurt, and The Tempest (Brown-Trinity); Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Musical and The Snowy Day (Emerald City Theatre); Montauciel Takes Flight (Lifeline Theatre); Ulysses (The Plagiarists); A Hero’s Journey, The Hunting of the Snark, Robin Hood, and The Pied Piper (The Forks & Hope Ensemble); The Whiskey Radio Hour, Wake: A Folk Opera, Kodachrome Telephone and Sign of Rain (The Whiskey Rebellion); Gentle, The Edge of Our Bodies, Music Hall, The Anyway Cabaret (TUTA); The Nose and Reika and the Wolves (Mudlark Theatre); and In This Final Century (Theatre-Hikes). She has assisted at The Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center, Trinity Rep, Court Theatre, The Actors’ Gymnasium, The Hypocrites, and The House. Before moving to Providence, she was the artistic director of The Forks & Hope Ensemble and the Whiskey Rebellion; she was a company member of TUTA, sat on the steering committee of DirectorsLabChicago, and on the producing team of Physical Festival Chicago.  

The Brown/Trinity Rep M.F.A. Programs provide a three-year professional training program for eighteen students under the auspices of an Ivy League University and Rhode Island’s Tony Award-winning theater company. Brown University’s Department of Theatre, Speech and Dance is internationally recognized for the quality of its faculty and instruction. Trinity Rep, with its deep tradition of resident artists, provides powerful artistic assets and creates a firm foundation for a new generation of theater artists.

At a Glance: Brown/Trinity Rep. M.F.A. Programs in acting and directing presents:

  • WHAT:              Macbeth directed by Eddie DeHais
  • WHERE:         Jamestown Arts Center (JAC), 18 Valley Street, Jamestown, RI
  • WHEN:           Saturday, November 9, 7:30pm
  • ADVANCE TICKETS:    $15 General Admission, $10 JAC Members, Students & Seniors
    TICKETS AT DOOR:    $18 General Admission, $13 JAC Members, Students & Seniors

At a Glance: Brown/Trinity Rep. M.F.A. Programs in acting and directing presents:

  • WHAT:        The Tempest directed by Aileen McGroddy
  • WHERE:      Jamestown Arts Center (JAC), 18 Valley Street, Jamestown, RI
  • WHEN:       Sunday, November 10, 5:00pm
  • ADVANCE TICKETS:    $15 General Admission, $10 JAC Members, Students & Seniors
  • TICKETS AT DOOR:    $18 General Admission, $13 JAC Members, Students & Seniors

The Jamestown Arts Center is a multi-disciplinary visual and performing arts space that hosts art exhibits, theatre and dance performances, film screenings, JAC talks and concerts, and provides art and design educational programs for people of all ages. Housed in a former boat repair shop, the JAC was awarded Best Gallery in Newport County by the Best of Rhode Island 2017 & 2018 readers’ polls. Programming partners include: Heifetz International Music Institute, FirstWorks, RISCA, FabNewport, 10 Thousand Small Businesses, RISD, Manhattan Short Film Festival, SENE Film Festival, Providence Art and Design Film Festival, Island Moving Company, The Jamestown Schools, Social Enterprise Greenhouse, The Brown/Trinity Rep M.F.A. in Acting & Directing Program and many individual artists and local organizations. The Jamestown Arts Center has quickly become a leading arts and cultural hub, for Rhode Island and beyond, where creativity, ideas and innovation flourish. 

The mission of the Jamestown Arts Center is to engage, enrich and inspire our community through extraordinary arts and educational experiences.