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‘Macbeth’ at the Mary Louise Jackson Amphitheater

July 28, 2009

On Aug. 6 at 7 p.m., the Traveling Players Ensemble will present William Shakespeare’s “Macbeth” at the Mary Louise Jackson Amphitheater on the grounds of the Manassas Campus of Northern Virginia Community College. The free performance will run about two hours. Attendees should park in Event Lot E next to the amphitheater.

Producing Artistic Director Jeanne E. Harrison feels the amphitheater provides the perfect stage for Shakespeare’s tragedy. “When I decided to produce ‘Macbeth’ this summer, it occurred to me that the play’s tone and themes could resonate to great theatrical effect if we performed near a battlefield. The Mary Louise Jackson Amphitheater is an ideal performance site for us with its proximity to the Manassas National Battlefield Park and its commitment both to history and to live theater,” she said.

The Traveling Players Ensemble is a professional theater company dedicated to bringing great theater into the great outdoors. In recent years, the group has performed at the Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center, the International Children’s Festival at Wolf Trap and the Folger Shakespeare Library’s Secondary School Festival.

“Our performers are a remarkable troupe of teenage actors who have won awards for work on stage,” Harrison said. “Our program has been recognized by the National Endowment of the Arts as one of the 25 best arts training programs in the country.”

The Mary Louise Jackson Amphitheater is a fully equipped professional venue for performing artists. The amphitheater features bench seats with backs for 500 people, lawn seating for an additional 200 people, professional sound and lighting systems, dressing rooms, and convenient parking in a beautiful park-like setting.

The Manassas Campus is located at 6901 Sudley Road, just north of Interstate 66. To learn more, contact Jim Fabian at or 703-257-6632.

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Northern Virginia Community College is the largest institution of higher education in the Commonwealth of Virginia and one of America's largest community colleges. NOVA enrolls more than 60,000 students at its six campuses in Alexandria, Annandale, Loudoun, Manassas, Springfield and Woodbridge, and through the Extended Learning Institute. For more information about NOVA and its programs or services, call 703-323-3000 or visit the College's Web site,