“Double, double, toil and trouble” – the Illinois Shakespeare Festival Touring Company will perform a 45-minute version of Shakespeare’s classic tragedy, Macbeth, at 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18, at the Rend Lake College Theatre.
The performance is free and open to the public, and is being organized in conjunction with the RLC Cultural Arts Committee.
“The Illinois Shakespeare Festival Touring Company is a wonderful group of talented graduate students from Illinois State University who have performed for us in the past,” said Theatre Director Tracey Webb. “If you see Shakespeare performed well, you’ll understand why the Bard is still so influential even today, nearly 500 years later.”
The story of witches, Scottish kings, and insane characters is sure to be entertaining. To this day Macbeth remains one of Shakespeare’s most popular tragedies. It is the playwright’s shortest play, but arguably his most intense. Macbeth is the story of a warrior who must struggle with fate and his own ambition. When Macbeth is told by three witches that he will become King of Scotland, his mind begins to wander. He betrays and murders his king, rending the fabric of his society and dooming himself and his wife, who is an accomplice in the murder.
Having achieved power through assassination, he finds that in order to hold on to it, he must engage in an escalating cycle of violence, betrayal and murder. The “butcher and his fiend-like queen” are among the most intriguing villains in stage history. Shakespeare masterfully combines greed, murder and lust with a supernatural dimension to create a deliciously dark experience.
Reserve seats by calling Cathy Cross, Liberal Arts Division Administrative Assistant, at (618) 437-5321, Ext. 1263 or Liberal Arts Division Chair Chris Kuberski at Ext. 1264. For more information about the play, contact Webb at Ext. 1295.