Welcome to old Scotland, a dark country in which good and evil are fought out by spiritual choices and strong swords. Christianity has only recently penetrated with the conversion of King Duncan and his family. This angered the Weïrd Sisters, the Morrigan, a triune Celtic goddess associated with war, death, and fate. Bitter because the people no longer worship them, the witches embody the influence of sin, enticing mortals and rejoicing in their destruction.

Yet Macbeth reminds us how impotent evil is. In chasing after lawless ambition, Macbeth and Lady Macbeth catch emptiness and insanity. Malcolm and Macduff struggle with faults as real as Macbeth’s, but where he succumbs to the witches’ whispers, they refuse them. Evil is a mere apparition, a knocking, three witches who can suggest but not perform without permission from a mortal’s will. In Scotland, as in our world, when the rightful King resists, evil must flee.

  

Macbeth
Lady Macbeth
Lennox
Fleance
Caithness
Macduff
Angus
Lady Mcduff
Duncan
Donalbain
Siward
Malcolm
Young Macduff
Young Siward
Banquo
Seyton
Ross
Messenger
Manservant
Gentlewoman/Hecate
Priest
1st Witch/Murderer
2nd Witch/Murderer
3rd Witch/Murderer

Jonathan Bales
Emily Thomson
David Carver
Jon Chebra
Philip Cole
Nathan Curby
John Curry
Anne Garboczi Evans
Benjamin Gibson
Ben Guthrie
Caleb Krautter
Paul-David Paratore
Jim Wilson
Tobin Duby
Scott York
Nicolas Isley
Caleb Jones
Benjamin Fan
Ben Adams
Susan Purcell
Jonathan Kanary
Emily Holmes Asbenson 
Kathleen Hayman
Angelise Anderson

              

Directed by Maggie Dougher
& Carolyn Thomson

November 17-19, 2005