“Gutsy, athletic” Macbeth opens Wednesday
Director Anthony Haigh calls his upcoming staging of Shakespeare’s Macbeth a “gutsy, athletic production” set in the period of the medieval king of the Scots.
“There will be blood,” he says.
Macbeth is a big play, with a cast of more than 20 students, as well as Stephan Swan, Centre’s international student advisor, in the role of the ill-fated Duncan, and Jacob Earle, the 8-year-old son of history professor Jon Earle. The production staff behind the scenes is even larger and includes three alumni. Krit Robinson ’09 is set designer and Beth Fischer Clark ’05 is costume designer. Lee Look ’92, who was in the first play Haigh directed at Centre (Women in Mind), helped design the fight sequences.
“I love the energy and complexity of the play, and also the way it sits as an example of a very pragmatic play by Shakespeare,” says Haigh, who has taught drama at Centre since 1991. “He wrote it as England had a new King, from Scotland, who had just survived a horrendous assassination plot to blow him up. Today, the play’s images of violence, murder, assassination, death, bloody explosions, political half-truths, religious fanaticism and the absolute corrosive power of evil continue to fill our headlines.
“The popularity of this play continues,” adds Haigh, “because the issues it raises, both political and personal, are still, sadly, with us.”
DramaCentre’s Macbeth opens on Shakespeare’s birthday, Wednesday, April 23, and runs through Saturday, April 26, at 8 p.m. each night in Weisiger Theatre in Grant Hall.
Tickets are $10 for general admission; $5 for senior citizens, students and groups of 10 or more; free to Centre faculty and staff; and free to Centre students with ID. Tickets are available from the Norton Center box office Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and at the Weisiger box office one hour before curtain.
by Diane Johnson