Thursday, November 3, 2016

UIS takes on ‘Macbeth'

The University of Illinois Springfield’s theater department is taking on one of Shakespeare’s most famous plays in its production of “Macbeth,” which wraps up its run this weekend at the university’s Studio Theatre.

The tragedy follows Macbeth and his wife from their climb to power through their struggle to keep their grasp on it.

After being told by three witches that he one day would be king of Scotland, an ambitious Macbeth murders the sitting king and claims the throne as his own. He doesn’t rule happily ever after. Instead, he is consumed by guilt and paranoia, even as he is forced to kill more people to protect himself and his throne.

It isn’t long before the civil war triggered by his tyrannical rule drive the power-hungry couple to madness and death.

Directed by Bill Kincaid, the UIS Theatre version features a cast of students and faculty members, including faculty members Eric Thibodeaux-Thompson and Missy Thibodeaux-Thompson as Macbeth and Lady Macbeth, respectively.

This story appeared in My Journal Courier on November 3, 2016.

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