CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Oct. 15, 2014 – Witches, murder and ghosts will invade Macbeth’s world and audiences’ during Southeast Missouri State University’s production of “Macbeth” at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 30-Nov. 1 and Nov. 6-8 and 2 p.m. Nov. 9 in the Wendy Kurka Rust Flexible Theatre on Southeast’s River Campus.
Ambition transforms the loyal Macbeth into a murderer bent on attaining the throne from its current king and his friend, King Duncan. Motivated by his condescending wife, Lady Macbeth, Macbeth becomes an assassin in William Shakespeare’s classic tale of corruption in medieval Scotland.
Three witches prophesy to Macbeth that one day he will become the king of Scotland. Guided and inspired by prophecies from three witches, Macbeth reports to his wife what they said. Impatient to be queen, she then seizes control of the situation by compelling Macbeth to murder King Duncan and usurp his throne.
Driven by his own ambition and desire, he murders King Duncan. He becomes a tyrannical ruler in an effort to hide his part in the death of the former king, killing others to avoid the revelation of his responsibility. Lady Macbeth develops hallucinations due to her guilt-laden conscience. The dead king’s son conspires to destroy Macbeth for the death of his father.
Shakespeare’s brilliant and tragic tale, considered one of his darkest tales, is divided into five acts. The play touches on issues of the consequences of unbridled ambition, regicide, tyranny and evil.
“‘Macbeth’ is one of Shakespeare’s most popular plays, and we highly encourage teens and adults to see this classic story, which is read in most high schools, come to life on our stage. It’s guaranteed to be an exciting and memorable production,” said Kenneth L. Stilson, chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance.
Tickets may be purchased by contacting the River Campus Box Office, located in the Cultural Arts Center, 518 S. Fountain St., weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., by calling (573) 651-2265, or online at RiverCampusEvents.com.