Buy Tickets From the 2009-2010 Season: Macbeth Playing October 29, 2009 to November 08, 2009

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Six Shows Only! October 29, 30, 31, Nov 1, 5 & 8

The week of Halloween we venture to Scotland for this haunting tale of prophecy, greed and power. Six Shows Only! October 29, 30, 31, Nov 1, 5 & 8

Six Shows Only! October 29, 30, 31, Nov 1, 5 & 8
(No Preview performance)


Read the Plot Synopsis

Upon a “blasted heath” near Forres, three Witches, Weird Sisters, meeting the King of Scotland’s generals, Macbeth and Banquo, hail Macbeth in a triple prophecy, ending with the promise of kingship. Banquo is told that he “shall get kings, though thou be none”. After King Duncan has made him Thane of Cawdor (as the Witches promised), Macbeth knows that he and his unflinching wife are ambitious for the greater honour. She drives him onward; and that night he murders the sleeping King, their guest at the castle of Dunsinane. At dawn (Act II) Macduff and Lennox discover the murder, assumed to be by the King’s sons, Donalbain and Malcolm, who fly for safety. Macbeth goes to Forres to be crowned. Remembering the Witches’ prophecies, he has Banquo killed (Act III), but Banquo’s son Fleance escapes; that night Banquo’s ghost appears to Macbeth at a state banquet.

Macbeth goes (Act IV) to the Witches’ “pit of Acheron”, where he hears that he must beware Macduff, that he is to fear no man born of woman, and that he will remain unvanquished until Birnam Wood has come to Dunsinane. Macduff, meanwhile, has joined Malcolm in England, where he hears that in Fife the tyrant has had his family murdered. Revenge will follow. At Dunsinane (Act V) Lady Macbeth, burdened by guilt, reveals much during her sleepwalking (“Infected minds,” says the doctor, “to their deep pillows will discharge their secrets”). Malcolm’s invading army advances under the shelter of branches from Birnam Wood; Macbeth, who has just learned of his wife’s suicide (“She should have died hereafter”), hears that Birnam Wood is indeed coming towards Dunsinane. Trusting desperately to the charmed life that “must not yield to one of woman born”, he faces in battle Macduff, who cries to him: “Let the angel whom thou still hast serv’d/Tell thee Macduff was from his mother’s womb/Untimely ripp’d”./ Macbeth is slain and Malcolm hailed as King of Scotland.

-The Pocket Companion to Shakespeare’s Plays by J C Trewin


Director's Notes

Directed by Drew Reeves

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Duration

Act One - 65 min Act Two - 50 minutes. One 15 minute intermission

Show Roles

Duncan - J. Tony Brown*
Malcolm - Matt Felten
Donalbain - Amee Vyas*
Macbeth -Jeff Watkins
Banquo - Troy Willis*
Fleance - David Sterritt
Macbeth’s Lady - Tiffany Porter
Macduff - Matt Nitchie
Macduff’s Lady - Mary Russell
Lennox, Angus - Daniel Kerr
Ross, Menteith - Andrew Houchins*
Caithness - Troy Willis*
Siward - J. Tony Brown*
Young Siward - David Sterritt
The Weird Sisters - Amee Vyas*, Mary Russell, Brian Mayberry
Porter - Daniel Parvis
Old Man - J. Tony Brown*
Scottish Doctor - Mike Niedzwiecki
Murderers - Mike Niedzwiecki, Daniel Parvis
Gentlewoman - Amee Vyas*
Seyton - Brian Mayberry
Bleeding Captain - Mike Niedzwiecki

Show Times
Shows at the New American Shakespeare Tavern begin at 7:30pm, except on Sundays, when they begin at 6:30pm

Bardometer Rating

How difficult is this Shakespearean play to grasp? On a scale of 1 to 10.
5
 
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These are plays you may have read in high school or college. The plot is fairly uncomplicated, though some of the themes may be dense or dark. These plays may include supernatural elements, straight-forward politics, historical content or religious content. (In these cases, we offer a synopsis with important historical or contextual explanations which you may read in the Playbill before the show.) In these plays, there may also be bawdy language and certain adult situations, and the language may be hard to follow for a first-timer.

We recommend this type of play to High School and College Students, casual theatre-goers, people who like mainstream films and reading “The Onion”, and Shakespeare lovers who enjoy delving into the Elizabethan world.

How to prepare for seeing this kind of play: You may wish to read the synopsis we provide (and maybe your notes from Literature Class). Or simply do a small amount of internet research. No worries – you won’t get lost.

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