Buy Tickets From the 2010-2011 Season: Macbeth Playing October 28, 2010 to November 18, 2010

Featuring Jeff Watkins and Tiffany Porter as the Macbeths
The week of Halloween we venture to Scotland for this haunting tale of prophecy, greed and power. Two Performances Left Nov 11 & 18 (SOLD OUT!)


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Macbeth 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.

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


Director's Notes

Directed by Drew Reeves

Show Information

Duration

Act One - 65 min / Act Two - 45 min

Show Roles

Duncan, King of Scotland - J. Tony Brown*
Malcolm, Duncan’s son - Paul Hester*
Donalbain, Duncan’s son - Amee Vyas*
Macbeth, Thane of Glamis - Jeff Watkins
Banquo, Thane of Scotland - Troy Willis*
Fleance, son to Banquo - David Sterritt
Macbeth’s Lady - Tiffany Porter
Macduff, Thane of Fife - Matt Nitchie
Macduff’s Lady - Mary Russell
Lennox - Daniel Kerr
Ross - 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 - Nicholas Faircloth
Murderers - Nicholas Faircloth, Daniel Parvis
Gentlewoman - Amee Vyas*
Seyton - Brian Mayberry
Bleeding Captain - Nicholas Faircloth

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.
4
 
What does rating this mean?

You may already know the story and what happens at the end. But even if you don’t, the play is light and the plot is easy to follow. Limited violence, limited bawdiness (though please note that Shakespeare was a bawdy writer, you can’t escape it in any of his plays). There are very few things – historical, religious, or political – that you need to know ahead of time. Just enjoy!

We recommend this type of play to families, school-age kids, first-timers to Shakespeare, or anyone who just wants to do something fun on a night off. This type of play is perfect for large groups like birthday parties or special event gatherings.

How to prepare for seeing this kind of play: Just show up! You don’t need to know the play to follow along and enjoy.

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