The University of Central Oklahoma Department of Theatre Arts will bring William Shakespeare’s tragic tale of power and corruption to the stage with four performances of “Macbeth” at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 1-3 and 2 p.m. Nov. 4 in Mitchell Hall Theatre on Central’s campus.
In Shakespeare’s infamous Scottish play, Macbeth, a general, is led by supernatural forces to kill his king and usurp the throne, each day growing in paranoia and bloody murder. His wife, the notorious Lady Macbeth, guides and goads her lord husband in his evil acts until the consequences begin to break her soul. “Macbeth” is a story of witches, dread and murder.
“Our production of Shakespeare’s tragedy is set in the world of medieval Scotland in the year 1057, the time of the real King Macbeth,” said Emily Heugatter, associate professor and head of performance in UCO’s Department of Theatre Arts. “This is a world of brutality, superstition, grief and primal survival. We see the downfall and eclipsed humanity of a celebrated and respected warrior as he and his wife conspire to commit heinous crimes in the name of ambition.”
The “Macbeth” cast is comprised of 26 Theatre Arts students, ranging from seniors to freshmen, and features production design from UCO faculty and guest designers.
Two cast members also will be nominated to perform in the Irene Ryan Scholarship Competition at the Region VI Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Feb. 25-28, 2019 in Abilene, Texas.
Tickets for “Macbeth” are free for students with a valid UCO ID and range from $10 - $20 for all others.