Macbeth 2013

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Directed by Mark von Eschen, Set and Lighting Design by Stephen Wade, Costume Design by Carla Orosz

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Macbeth and Banquo, the King of Scotland’s generals, have successfully stopped a rebellion that was aided by the Thane of Cawdor.  King Duncan hears of this feat and sends Ross and Angus to praise his generals and name Macbeth the new Thane of Cawdor. Meanwhile, Macbeth and Banquo meet three witches who prophesize that Macbeth will be Thane of Cawdor and King of Scotland, and that Banquo and Banquo will father a line of kings.  Macbeth and Banquo laugh at the prophecies until Ross and Angus arrive and inform Macbeth of his newly bestowed title.  Macbeth, shaken by the uncanny prediction, sends a message ahead to his wife, telling of the witches’ prophecies.  Lady Macbeth suffers none of her husband’s uncertainty, and urges him to plan Duncan’s murder.  When Macbeth hesitates to do the task, she drives him on.  Lady Macbeth will get the King’s guards drunk so that they will fall into a deep sleep, and Macbeth will have easy access to the sleeping king.  Lady Macbeth then smears the guards with blood to incriminate them.  In the morning, the murder is discovered and the King’s sons flee, fearing their lives are also at risk.  In their absence, Macbeth is drowned King of Scotland.  Paranoia soon begins to consume Macbeth, he hears his action will only benefit Banquo’s line and conspires to kill him and his son Fleance.  At Macbeth’s coronation feast, Banquo’s ghost appears.  Member of the court witness his horror at the ghost, although they themselves are unaware of its presence.  The next morning Macbeth will visit the witches again to learn what the future will bring.

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