Shore Shakespeare opens ‘Macbeth’ at Arboretum
RIDGELY — Shore Shakespeare Company presents its Spring 2016 tour production of William Shakespeare’s “Macbeth,” directed by Shelagh Grasso. This most infamous of plays explores the darker side of the human soul as the title characters confront ambition, prophecy, temptation and murder.
Macbeth, the Thane of Glamis, a nobleman and a celebrated general in King Duncan’s army, has soundly defeated the invading Norwegians. On their way to the King, Macbeth and his friend and fellow general Banquo are confronted by a coven of witches, who hail them with prophecies: Macbeth shall become king; Banquo’s heirs will succeed to the throne. The prophecies seem to bear immediate fruit when Macbeth learns that he has been promoted. But the two men handle their prophecies very differently, with two very different outcomes. Events unfold which eventually lead Macbeth to question “the fiend that lies like truth,” and to his tragic, self-inflicted demise.
Greg Minahan and Avra Sullivan in the title roles anchor a talented and experienced cast, including Chris Rogers as Macduff, Juanita Wieczoreck as Lady Macduff, Will Robinson as Banquo, Nick Roetzel as King Duncan, Adam Brome as Malcolm, and Brian McGunigle as Ross. Chelsea Clough, Sally Borghardt, and Jane Jewell appear as the three Weird Sisters, along with Christine Kinlock, Jane Terebey, and Samantha Davis. The ensemble also showcases the talents of Paul Briggs, Nic Carter, Andrew Mimms, John Terebey, Richard Smith, John Feldman, and Dane Long, along with Josh and Sam Hansen.
Grasso presents an environmental production, performed in three-quarter thrust and without a stage, taking advantage of each venue’s unique situation and qualities. Actors move in and through the audience, integrating them into the action of the play.
“Macbeth” opens with three performances at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, May 13 and 14, and at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 15, at The Pines at Adkins Arboretum in Ridgely. Admission is $15. Reservations may be made online at www.adkinsarboretum.org, or by calling 410-634-2847. Proceeds benefit Adkins Arboretum and Shore Shakespeare Company.
The annual free outdoor tour commences the following weekend with performances of “Macbeth” at Long Wharf Park in Cambridge on May 20 and 21. From there, it’s on to Wilmer Park in Chestertown June 3 and 4 and the Chesapeake Heritage Center in Chester on June 9. The tour concludes with two performances at the Oxford Community Center in Oxford on June 10 and 11. Tour performances are free and open to the public and are held outside, weather permitting, beginning at 7 p.m. Patrons are encouraged to bring a lawnchair or blanket, a picnic and a bottle of wine, and to enjoy one of the classic tales in literature and Shakespeare’s famous and timeless poetr y.
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