Buy Tickets From the 2014-2015 Season: Macbeth Playing October 10, 2014 to November 02, 2014

A Suzi Bass Awards Recommended Show

Jeff Watkins

A haunting saga most “rich and strange.” Macbeth grapples with power, greed and his ambitious wife. Nature has more to teach us than we admit.
Featuring Artistic Director Jeff Watkins as Macbeth.

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Read the Plot Synopsis

Macbeth Synopsis
-Adapted for this production from The Pocket Companion to Shakespeare’s Plays by J C Trewin
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.


Director's Notes

Directed by Troy Willis

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Duration

Act One 70 min / Act Two 50 min

Show Roles

Duncan - Doug Kaye*
Malcolm - Chris Rushing
Donalbain - Kathryn Lawson
Macbeth - Jeff Watkins
Banquo - Troy Willis*
Fleance - Hayley Platt
Macbeth’s Lady - Mary Russell
Macduff - Paul Hester*
Macduff’s Lady - Dani Herd
Lennox - Nicholas Faircloth
Ross - J. Tony Brown*
Angus - Stephen Ruffin
Caithness - Doug Kaye*
Siward - J. Tony Brown*
Young Siward - Kathryn Lawson
Young Macduff - Hayley Platt
The Weird Sisters - Dani Herd, Amanda Lindsey, Hayley Platt
Porter - Vinnie Mascola
Old Man - Doug Kaye*
Scottish Doctor - Troy Willis*
English Doctor - Doug Kaye*
Murderers - Stephen Ruffin, Vinnie Mascola, Patrick Galletta
Gentlewoman - Amanda Lindsey
Seyton - Patrick Galletta
Bleeding Captain - Nicholas Faircloth
Show of Kings - Paul Hester*, Chris Rushing, J. Tony Brown*, Nicholas Faircloth, Stephen Ruffin

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
 
What does rating this mean?

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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