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January 31, 2019 - March 3, 2019

Macbeth

By William Shakespeare
Directed by Curt Columbus

From the director of last spring’s Ragtime, this Shakespearean thriller bursts at breakneck speed with more suspense, murder, and madness than a blockbuster film. Tempted by the eerie visions of three mysterious witches and pushed by his ruthless wife, Macbeth is determined to grab what he wants — the throne of Scotland. Unchecked greed and ambition fuel his bloody rise to power, but his ego ultimately brings about his brutal end, while Lady Macbeth’s guilt and paranoia lead to one of theater’s most riveting descents into madness.

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Buzz
"...a wild and exciting night of theater....a pulsing production...riveting tale of power and madness... some of the best Shakespeare..."
Channing Gray, The Providence Journal
"This is an all-American 'Macbeth'... a very satisfying version."
Terry Teachout, The Wall Street Journal
"...a lively, raw, American production...imaginative direction"
Don Fowler, Cranston Herald
"...lighting, magic and visuals make for a dazzling night...'Macbeth' has never seemed more action-packed."
Will Demers, EDGE Media Network
"Curt Columbus... showing once again his creative genius by concentrating on the details and adding touches of music to fortify the action and sooth the soul."
Dave Christner, Newport Daily News
"....a production theater-lovers, Shakespeare fans and students will surely want to see."
Nancy Burns-Fusaro, The Westerly Sun
"...thrills until the very last scream."
Barb Burke, Broadway World
This view of the old and the modern is carried out powerfully by a first-rate cast led by Trinity veteran Mauro Hantman as Macbeth and a newcomer, Julia Atwood as Lady Macbeth.
Bill Gale, RIPR
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Spoiler Alert!

Synopsis

Below is a synopsis of the show. You've been warned.

Macbeth synopsis courtesy of Folger Shakespeare Library

Macbeth, set primarily in Scotland, mixes witchcraft, prophecy, and murder. Three “Weïrd Sisters” appear to Macbeth and his comrade Banquo after a battle and prophecy that Macbeth will be king and that the descendants of Banquo will also reign. When Macbeth arrives at his castle, he and Lady Macbeth plot to assassinate King Duncan, soon to be their guest, so that Macbeth can become king.

After Macbeth murders Duncan, the king’s two sons flee, and Macbeth is crowned. Fearing that Banquo’s descendants will, according to the Weïrd Sisters’ predictions, take over the kingdom, Macbeth has Banquo killed. At a royal banquet that evening, Macbeth sees Banquo’s ghost appear covered in blood. Macbeth determines to consult the Weïrd Sisters again. They comfort him with ambiguous promises.

Another nobleman, Macduff, rides to England to join Duncan’s older son, Malcolm. Macbeth has Macduff’s wife and children murdered. Malcolm and Macduff lead an army against Macbeth, as Lady Macbeth goes mad and commits suicide.

Macbeth confronts Malcolm’s army, trusting in the Weïrd Sisters’ comforting promises. He learns that the promises are tricks, but continues to fight. Macduff kills Macbeth and Malcolm becomes Scotland’s king.

Community Partners

Cast & Creative

Cast
Mauro Hantman
Macbeth
Julia Atwood '17
Lady Macbeth
Stephen Berenson
Witch
Timothy Crowe
Duncan
Janice Duclos
Witch
Viraj Gandhi '19
Donalbain
Jeanine Kane
Witch
Alexander Platt
MacDuff
Aman Soni '19
Malcolm
Fred Sullivan, Jr.
Ross
Stephen Thorne
Banquo
Rachael Warren
Lennox
Noah Saltzman
Fleance

Creative

Curt Columbus
Director
Michael McGarty
Set Design
Andrew Jean
Costume Design
Oona Curley
Lighting Design
Peter Sasha Hurowitz
Sound Design
Amy Witherby
Production Stage Manager
Nate Dendy '09
Magic Design
Viraj Gandhi '19
DJ
Zdenko Martin
Fight Choreographer

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