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UNIVERSITY OF WATERLOO DRAMA DEPARTMENT PRESENTS
Macbeth by William Shakespeare
Directed by Lee Wilson
Run: November 14-17, 8:00 p.m.
Macbeth is Shakespeare’s shortest play and most popular tragedy. Shakespeare’s approach to a swifter kind of action should leave the audience no time to think. Its intensity is most vividly realized in the play’s language and through its repeated words and images. Shakespeare is writing about corrupted power, violence, and the relationship between the dark and light forces. He evokes this through one of his greatest creations – the character of Macbeth – a difficult but willing commitment to darkness. He is both our hero and villain as evoked in the line “Fair is foul, and foul is fair”.
UWaterloo’s production of Macbeth explores our fascination with violent culture. Director, Lee Wilson, will examine the Scottish ballads and their fascination with the supernatural world and its rituals, that through spells, prayer, dance, music, and sacrifice are constantly being evoked in Shakespeare’s play.
Influenced by recent conflicts around the globe, faculty members Bill Chesney (set/props) and Gill Lesperance (sound) along with Toronto designers, Nina Okens (costumes) & Arun Srinivasan (lighting) will be using the popularity of such shows as Game of Thrones and Sons of Anarchy, to give this production a 17th-century feel with a strong modern resonance.
Join us, as through these elements, we help lift Shakespeare’s words and images, to ignite your imagination into his fascinating take on this Scottish King.
University of Waterloo, 200 University Avenue West, Waterloo
Theatre of the Arts, Modern Languages Building
$13 Students & Seniors
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