Shakespeare’s “Macbeth” to be performed at the Whiting

FLINT — Directed by Devin Brain, The Acting Company presents William Shakespeare’s “Macbeth” as part of the Health Plus Education Series at The Whiting on March 13 at 7 p.m.

This sleek, accessible and characteristically bloody Macbeth will thrill, startle and satisfy in the perfect presentation for both first timers as well as Shakespeare buffs. One of his darkest and most powerful tragedies, Shakespeare dramatizes the psychological and political impact of when evil is chosen to satisfy the ambition for power.

After a trio of witches prophesize that he will become King of Scotland, Macbeth’s ambition, spurred to action by his wife, leads to his murdering King Duncan and ruling tyrannically through an era of bloodbaths and a civil war. Arrogance, paranoia, guilt, madness and death consume Shakespeare’s shortest tragedy.

Macbeth reflects on his actions in some of the most sublime soliloquies in the Shakespearean canon as he rushes headlong towards his demise. This is a poisonous world where, as the witches intone at the very start, “fair is foul and foul is fair,” where values are reversed and nothing is what it seems to be.

From the prophecies of the Weird Sisters to the silent appearance of Banquo’s ghost, the supernatural plays a central role in this historically-based tragedy. But so does psychology and Shakespeare focuses a laser like intensity on the disintegrating mental state of the murderous king. With almost no diversionary subplots, Macbeth is thrillingly direct in its stark demonstration of the corrupting power of evil.

The Acting Company has garnered critical acclaim on a national scale through 139 productions and 41 seasons of classic, contemporary and new plays. Recipient of a TONY Award for Excellence in Theater, the Company has won numerous awards for perfor- mance and education including Obies, Audelcos and the Los Angeles Critics Circle Award.

All seats are just $35 and student rush tickets are available the day of the performance for $12. To order tickets to this dramatic performance visit, call 810-237- 7333 or (888) 8-CENTER, or visit the Ticket Center located at 1241 E. Kearsley St. just off I-475 between the University of Michigan Flint and Mott Community College. Tickets are also sold at The Whiting’s booth at the Flint Farmers Market.

This performance of WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE’S MACBETH is generously supported by Health Plus, ABC12, Town Square Media, The View Newspapers, Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, and Ruth Mott Foundation.

The Whiting is a member organization of the Flint Cultural Center Corporation and is dedicated to bringing the performing arts to the community.

The Whiting is a nonprofit organization and an Equal Opportunity Employer providing programs and services without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex or handicap. — G.G.

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