“Fair is foul, and foul is fair” proclaim the witches in Macbeth, Shakespeare’s classic tale of greed-soaked ambition. Set in a stark Scottish landscape, this adaptation displays the witches in a refreshingly original light, as witnessing the ambition and desperation of Macbeth, and the cunning and ruthlessness of Lady Macbeth. The witches are portrayed as agents of human beings, not their instigators, and so they and the audience get drawn into the humans’ conspiratorial plottings. Supernatural and unnatural forces come to the aid of Macbeth and his wife. Our protagonists are not so much seduced by the witches’ words as they are compelled by their own greedy ambitions and primitive fears to make inhuman choices in their quest for power.
Macbeth is also the story of an age – an age that included anxiety about witchcraft and the demonization of women as witches, as weavers of catastrophe. This adaptation incorporates parts of The Witch, by Shakespeare’s contemporary, Middleton, and is directed by Professor Kate Amory, creator of D.arc Water and Ghosts of Troy.
Amory is joined on the production team by Professor Michael Harvey (scenic and lighting design), Ryan Blaney ’17 (sound design) and new theatre faculty Professor Jerry Johnson (costume design.)
This production contains adult language and subject matter and is intended for mature audiences.
Pre-show conversation: Macbeth: Ambition, Assassination, and Guilt
Thursday, December 7, 6:30 pm