The Marco Island Shakespeare Festival is at it again, this time bringing the story of a battle-weary warrior and his power-hungry wife in the dark, conspiratorial tragedy, Macbeth. The production, performed by students from the Marco Island Academy, will take The Marco Players’ stage from May 22-24 and 30-31.
Macbeth is a classic cautionary tale, in which the power of ambition muddies the waters of reason, duty, and moral order. Title character Macbeth, a general under Duncan, the King of Scotland, receives a prophecy from a trio of witches (never a good thing), in which he will one day ascend the throne. Spurred on by Lady Macbeth, he commits regicide, disposing of Duncan, and claiming the crown for himself. And then the trouble ensues…
Shakespeare’s shortest tragedy, Macbeth is widely considered to be cursed, with actors and stagehands referring to it as “the Scottish play,” lest an unfortunate incident occur on stage or off. Despite the accursed nature, Macbeth has proved to be one of the Bard’s most popular and performed plays, and an excellent work to get youngsters interested in the great playwright’s work.
- Kaitlynn McRae, director of operations at the Marco Island Shakespeare Festival will direct the production.
- Showtimes: May 22-24, 30-31
- Doors open at 6:30, curtain at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday; 1:30 and 2 p.m. respectively on Sunday. Tickets cost $18 for adults, $10 for students. For more information, call the box office at 239-642-7270 or visit themarcoplayers.com.