Shakespeare at the Rock

Weeknights, August 13 to 31; Rock Garden

The historic Rock Garden provides the perfect atmosphere for a night of inspiring theatre under the stars. Don’t miss out on this highly physical and creative variation presented by Burlington’s own Tottering Biped Theatre.

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Macbeth - Conspiracy Theory

MACBETH, Conspiracy Theory

August 13 to 17, 20 to 24, 27 to 31
7:30 p.m.; Rock Garden

Shakespeare’s classic story of fate and vengeance is re-imagined as a conspiracy story thriller. Macbeth’s pact with unseen forces to become a tyrant King unfolds with consequences beyond his darkest imaginings. This highly physical interpretation is performed outdoors at the stunning grounds of RBG’s Rock Garden and features outstanding emerging talent.

Each performance will include a 20 minute intermission. Rock Garden will close to the general public at 6 p.m. on performance nights.

Please note this performance includes the use of firearm properties, open flame, weaponry, fight choreography, strobe effects, loud noises, and graphic content.

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Show Tickets

Visitor Ticket Price
Premium Seating***
(all ages)
$35
Adult $25
Senior* / Student** / Group $18
Child age 4 to 12 $10
Child age 3 and under Free

Pre-registration is required for this ticketed event. Doors open for ticket-holders at 6:30 p.m., seating is first come first served.

***Premium Seating: reserved seating area for optimal viewing experience of the performance. All individuals (regardless of age) wishing to sit together in the premium seating require a premium ticket, with the exception of "babes in arms" age 0-12 months.

Purchase Tickets
  • RBG members will receive 10% off
  • *RBG considers a senior to be a person of 65+ years of age
  • **Student includes anyone showing a student card indicating full-time attendance in a recognized post-secondary institution.
  • Group rate applies to 10 or more patrons
  • Prices are subject to HST and service charge
  • Tickets are non-refundable and final sale. See the event FAQ for inclement weather policy.

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Dinner Show Package

Join us for a prix fixed dinner in the Rock Garden Café before the show! Available for performances Wednesday to Friday.

Visitor Ticket Price
Premium Seating***
(all ages)
$70
Adult $60
Senior* / Student** $53
Child age 4 to 12 $45
Child age 1 to 3 $8
Child age 0 to 12 months Free

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Pricing includes your meal and theatre ticket. Seating begins promptly at 5:30 p.m.

***Premium Seating: reserved seating area for optimal viewing experience of the performance. All individuals (regardless of age) wishing to sit together in the premium seating require a premium ticket, with the exception of "babes in arms" age 0-12 months.

Purchase Tickets
  • RBG members will receive 10% off
  • *RBG considers a senior to be a person of 65+ years of age
  • **Student includes anyone showing a student card indicating full-time attendance in a recognized post-secondary institution.
  • Prices are subject to HST and service charge
  • Tickets are non-refundable and final sale. See the event FAQ for inclement weather policy.
  • Gratuity is not included

Cast and Crew

Meet the cast and crew for the 2018 production of Macbeth from Tottering Biped Theatre.


Shawn DeSouza-Coelho

Macbeth, Prop Builder

Biography >>

Shawn DeSouza-Coelho is a writer, scholar, and award-winning actor based in Toronto. His second book, Whenever You’re Ready (ECW Press) details the life and career of Nora Polley (currently the Stratford Festival’s longest serving employee at 54 years) and is the first biography of a stage manager ever published. Shawn is currently Research Adviser at the Games Institute at the University of Waterloo.


Alma Sarai

Lady Macbeth, Assistant Producer

Biography >>

This marks Alma Sarai's third year with TBT and Shakespeare at the Rock. Other credits with the company include Hermia in A Midsummer Night's Dream and Portia in The Merchant of Venice. Other credits: Grusha in Caucasian Chalk Circle at UTM, Val in A Chorus Line at Theatre Aquarius and seeds at the Hamilton Fringe '17. Alma is a graduate from the Theatre and Drama Performance Studies joint program with the University of Toronto Mississauga and Sheridan College. "Do silly things. Foolishness is a great deal more vital and healthy than our straining and striving after a meaningful life." - Anton Chekhov


Jesse Horvath

Banquo, Murderer, Sound Design

Biography >>

Jesse Horvath is once again delighted to be participating in Shakespeare at the Rock, now for the third time working with this close knit family. After graduating from McMaster University, Jesse has split his time acting and producing theatre in the city of Hamilton. Most notably having coproduced the Hamilton Fringe’s 2017 Frost Bites festival as part of the ALERT program. Recent acting credits include Ganga’s Ganja (Red Betty Theatre), Here Lies Henry (Squirrel Suit Productions, Don’t Look Down Theatre Co.) A Few Good Men (Theatre Aquarius), and The Merchant of Venice (Tottering Biped Theatre).


Michael Hannigan

Duncan / Murderer / Doctor, Set / Prop Builder

Biography >>

Michael Hannigan has trod the boards of many of the local stages, both professionally and out of a sheer love of his chosen guilty pleasure: the theatre. He has served as an Associate Artistic Director for both the Tivoli and Citadel theatres, helming several productions for each; as well as for The Players Guild, DLT, Theatre Burlington, Shooting Star Productions, and others in the GTHA. He is pleased to be returning to Shakespeare At The Rock, having appeared as Aegeus/Quince in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Antonio in The Merchant of Venice. Other Shakespearean credits include Othello. As You Like It, Twelfth Night, Romeo & Juliet and The Taming of the Shrew. Other favourite acting credits in the area include leading roles in Cabaret, The Game’s Afoot, Twentieth Century, The Elephant Man, The Madness of King George III and Sherlock’s Last Case. He serves as a Guest Artist for 'Shakesperience' introducing students to the mysteries and joys of the Bard and has spent the last four summers as coordinator of Hamilton Urban Theatre's Shakespeare Camp for city youth.


Kaylyn Valdez-Scott

Lady MacDuff / Gentlewoman

Biography >>

Kaylyn Valdez-Scott is an actor originally from Toronto, currently working with the thriving theatre community in St. Catharines. A recent graduate of Brock University's Dramatic Arts program, Kaylyn has had the privilege of growing with local St. Catharines theatre companies such as Twitches & Itches Theatre and Essential Collective Theatre. Selected credits include Gormenghast (Brock University), Pantalone's Palace (Brock University), Once in a Blue Moon (Essentail Collective Theatre), and September Songs (Twitches & Itches Theatre). Kaylyn is thrilled that she is joining this cast, and is getting the opportunity to perform in the Hamilton community!


Zach Parsons

MacDuff / Murderer, Music Composer

Biography >>

Zach Parsons is an actor and musician. After graduating from the University of Waterloo's theatre program, he has worked on a variety of shows in the Hamilton/Burlington area, including parts in The Second Life and Journey to the East with Tottering Biped Theatre, and two seasons of performing in Shakespeare at the Rock at the Royal Botanical Gardens. Music-wise, he has done sound design and composed full scores for plays, short films, and commercials, and continues to learn and experiment with more.


Claudia Spadafora

Ross / Lennox, Graphic Designer / Social Media Manager

Biography >>

Claudia Spadafora is a theatre-maker and multimedia artist rooted in Hamilton. She has worked on over 20 shows in the area, as a performer, writer/director, sound designer, ASM, and producer. Select credits include Silent Treatment (writer/director, Honours Performance Series), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Helena, Tottering Biped Theatre), and #dirtygirl (Kiera, Fringe Festival Audience Choice). Outside the theatre, Claudia makes films which have been celebrated at the Emerge Media Awards and HCF’s Women For Change.


Brooklyn Olinyk

Fleance / Ensemble / Child

Biography >>

Brooklyn Olinyk has been acting since ninth grade. She will be attending Humber in the early fall. She's acted in Wayne’s World: the play as Garth, The Merchant of Venice as Jessica, Cinderella as the fairy god mother and S.S Edelweiss, an award winning show as Trixie. I’d like to thank my mother and father for their endless support, Tawnie for constantly being there, Hunter for the endless love and the goblins for their friendship.


Brianna Seferiades

Production Coordinator / Stage Hand / Special Effects

Biography >>

Brianna Seferiades is from McMaster University's Honours Theatre and Film Studies program. Some of her most recent projects include costume, set and props design for Tottering Biped Theatre's production of The Merchant of Venice (August, 2017), set design for McMaster University's School of the Arts Fall Major Production of Women and Servants (November, 2017), and co-directing her thesis project, SHAPED, as part of McMaster University's 2018 Honours Performance Series this past March.


Jamie Milay Kaisma

Dramaturgy / Production Designer

Biography >>

Jamie Milay Kasiama is a multidisciplinary artist based in Hamilton Ontario. They are interested in creating poetic performance works that explore lateral violence and power dynamics within marginalized communities, as well as challenging binaries through content and artistic form. Select performance credits include: Danny, Heatwave, Hamilton Fringe 2018; Nerissa, The Merchant of Venice 2017, Tottering Biped; and Self, WHITE, Paprika Festival. 2017.


Jessica Keenan

Production Stage Manager

Biography >>

Jessica Keenan is a Vancouver & Toronto based artist. Most recently, she filled the role of Production Facilitator for Carousel Theatre for Young People. Select Apprentice credits include CTYP’s ‘The Velveteen Rabbit’, ‘The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe’, and ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’, Axis Theatre's'Th'owxiya; The Hungry Feast Dish’. Many thanks to Trevor and the TBT family for having her back in her old stomping grounds again this summer. Jessica is a graduate of Studio 58.


Alex Thomson

Assistant Stage Manager

Bio >>

Alex Thomson is an 18 year old student going into his first year at the Univeristy of Guelph, hoping to earn a BA with a double major in English and Theatre. This is his first time working on a professional theatre production, and he is very excited to be a part of this show.


Message from the Artistic Director

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Trevor Copp

Director / Producer

Trevor Copp founded Burlington’s Tottering Biped Theatre (TBT) in 2009, a professional company emphasizing original, issue driven, and highly physical work. He has been a professional actor, dancer, director, choreographer, educator, theatre devisor and arts advocate for over 15 years. His work ranges from classical to contemporary, performing in over 30 cities Nationally and Internationally and numerous Professional Theatre Festivals.

Message

This August, the RBG's Rock Garden will host their third annual Shakespearean production, ‘Macbeth’ with local professional theatre company Tottering Biped Theatre, and it will not taste of broccoli.

Here’s what we mean. Some people attend Shakespeare because they think that it’s good for them. Like broccoli. They don’t actually like it, everyone talks too much and nobody’s sure what’s going on, but it’s supposed to be good for them so they show up. 'Broccoli culture' convinces people that stuff they don’t like is fun and that there’s some kind of award in it for being ‘cultural’ (Facebook check in status? We’re not sure).

We do none of that. Our pieces are real adaptations - shorter (90 minute run time), more active, and clearer - for our day and age. It’s Shakespeare for with the boring parts cut out. And we adapt the pieces by recognizing how the same questions being asked then are coming up now. So when we pick up Macbeth and look at the big issues in it - do we have free will? Or are there unseen forces out there dictating what we do? - we think about how those issues play out today. Our answer for this summer: Conspiracy Theories. Men in Black, X-Files, spies, secret recordings, drones. Conspiracy Theories are the way that we question ‘do we really decide our fate?’ today, as we look at the government and other unseen forces at play in our lives - just as Shakespeare looked at the witches and evil forces at work in Macbeth. We don’t change the words, but by emphasizing action and putting the play in the world of Conspiracy Theories we can see those old stories as new again, and feel the wonder that Shakespeare’s audiences did 400 years ago.


Tottering

About Tottering Biped Theatre

Tottering Biped Theatre (TBT) was founded in 2009 as a social justice inspired Theatre Company. We are a resident company at the Burlington Performing Arts Centre and have toured/been presented by regional professional theatres (Hamilton’s Theatre Aquarius, London’s Grand Theatre, and Kitchener’s MT Space), Performing Arts Centres (Oakville, Guelph, Brampton, Hamilton, Mississauga), and theatre Festivals (IMPACT, Undercurrents, In the Soil) and internationally. In recognition of our work, TBT has been featured in over 15 publications including the Canadian Theatre Review and TEDx.

Stay in Touch

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Event FAQ

Have a question about Shakespeare at the Rock? Click the topics below for more information. If you have a question that is not answered, give us a call at 905-527-1158.

Tickets >>

Pre-registration is required for this ticketed event. Tickets are available for purchase online, payable by credit card. Your tickets will be emailed to you as a pdf attachment shortly after online payment. You will be required to present these tickets upon arrival, either printed out or digitally on your personal device.

Tickets are final sale. When purchasing your tickets, please ensure you select the appropriate dates, as switching the dates of your tickets will not be possible after purchase.

Inclement Weather >>

The performance is rain or shine however in the event of inclement weather, the performance may be rescheduled. RBG staff will do our best to make this call by 5:30 p.m., however should the weather conditions prove unpredictable the decision may be made closer to the time of the performance, in order to give the event the best possible chance to go forward. To check for rescheduling please call the weather hotline at 905-527-1158 ext. 404.

Your ticket will be valid to attend a future show of your choosing. Each ticketholder will be contacted by email to make arrangements for an upcoming show. For those with dinner reservations, dinner service will go ahead as planned.

If the performance has to stop while in progress due to weather each ticketholder will be contacted by email to make arrangements for an upcoming show.

Directions and Parking >>

This event is held on the upper level of the rejuvenated David Braley and Nancy Gordon Rock Garden, at 1185 York Boulevard, Hamilton. Parking is included, and available in the parking lot across the street. Accessible parking is available closer to the Visitor Centre.

Rock Garden is accessible by Burlington Transit. For more information about arriving at RBG by bus, visit rbg.ca/directions.

Special Effects >>

Please note that this performance includes the use of firearm properties, open flame, weaponry, fight choreography, strobe effects, loud noises, and graphic content.

Seating Arrangements >>

All seats are general admission, and first-come first-served. First few rows are reserved for "premium" ticket holders. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for all ticket-holders.

Food >>

No outside food or drink permitted at this event. The Rock Garden Café is offering a Prix Fixe menu as part of the dinner-show package (scroll up for more information).

Snacks and cold drinks will be available for purchase during intermission.

Pets / Service Animals >>

With the exception of service animals, personal dogs/cats/animals are not permitted at this event. If you are looking for somewhere to take your pet on a stroll, check out our 27km of trails!


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