Macbeth is Edward Voci’s debut with New Place Theatre. A relative newcomer to the stage, since 2015 he has acted in The Crucible (Francis Nurse), Blues for Mr. Charlie (Parnell James), One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (Dale Harding), Shakespeare’s Pericles, Prince of Tyre (King Simonides), Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar (Julius Caesar), The Fantasticks! (Henry), Don’t Talk to the Actors (Curt Logan), Youngs' adaptation of The Christmas Carol (adult Tiny Tim), Third (Jack Jameson) and The Butler Did It (Robert Lattimore/Raymond Butler).
As a Regular Supernumerary at Lyric Opera of Chicago Voci has been paid not to sing in a dozen operas (most recently Rigoletto, The Pearl Fishers and I Puritani) and was paid not to dance in Joffrey Ballet's 2014 production of Romeo and Juliet in which he appeared on stage for 51 minutes per performance as a Montague family member who, among other things, chased after ballerinas during the wedding scene. An avid student of history and lover of music, in 1996 he originated and wrote the lyrics for “Mississippi Missive, A Ballad about The Free State of Jones” recorded in 2016 by Professor Louie & The Crowmatix for Woodstock Records (the song was considered, but ultimately rejected, for the Free State of Jones movie sound track.)
By day, and often late into the night, Voci litigates civil rights, employment, and tenant-side eviction cases, instructs in the Justice Studies Dept. at Northeastern Illinois University and bangs around as an auxiliary percussionist with the Chicago Bar Association Symphony Orchestra. With his spouse and two daughters he resides in River Forest, Illinois where he founded and captains the Magliette Rosse bocce team. A life-long Boston Celtics fan, he enjoys shooting hoops himself (killer hook shot). Among Voci’s cultural favorites are: his Italian heritage, Joseph “The Maltese Tenor” Callejá, Renée Fleming, The Band, John Fogerty, cooking the Persian rice dish Bah-hahlee-poloh, Sam Cooke, Phil Ochs, Billie Holiday, Shinyribs, Megan Rapinoe, both Jimmy Smiths, the Harriet Tubman $20 bill, local county-rockers New Heartaches, and Nolet’s gin martinis (dry, shaken).