Shore Shake­speare opens ‘Mac­beth’ at Ar­bore­tum

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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.

ARTSPOWER NA­TIONAL TOUR­ING THEATRE

“Chicken Dance” is com­ing to the Todd Per­form­ing Arts Cen­ter on Fri­day, May 13.

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