Thursdays in the Park opens with ‘Macbeth’
CHESTER — The Queen Anne’s County Arts Council will kick off its 2016 Thursdays in the Park season on June 9 with Shore Shakespeare presenting “Macbeth,” directed by Shelagh Grasso, at 7 p.m. at the Chesapeake Heritage and Visitor Center in Chester.
This most infamous of plays chronicles the descent Macbeth into madness and death as the play’s 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.
Performances of Shore Shakespeare Company productions are presented outside, in public venues, for the benefit of the surrounding communities. Attendees are encouraged to bring a picnic and a lawn chair or blanket. Weather is, of course, always a consideration. The theater company encourages attendees to check the website, www. shoreshakespeare.com, for the latest weather report and status of the performance. Admission is free.