Thursdays in the Park opens with ‘Mac­beth’

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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. shore­shake­, for the lat­est weather re­port and sta­tus of the per­for­mance. Ad­mis­sion is free.

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