In the 2014/15 season, The Acting Company will present Shakespeare’s Macbeth. This sleek, accessible and characteristically bloody Macbeth will thrill, startle and satisfy students and adults alike—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.

Appearing in photos: Gabriel Lawrence, Ian Gould, Andy Nogasky, Suzy Kohane. Photos by Heidi Bohnenkamp.