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SCSC Opens Macbeth in October

The South Carolina Shakespeare Company stages a dynamic production of William Shakespeare’s Macbeth.

 “By the pricking of my thumbs, Something wicked this way comes.”

No, it’s not Ray Bradbury.  Not Harry Potter, either…

William Shakespeare’s powerful tragedy Macbeth will be given a bold and Halloween-worthy staging in the South Carolina Shakespeare Company’s production scheduled for October 11 through October 20, at Columbia’s Finlay Park Amphitheatre. Directed by Linda Khoury, SCSC Artistic Director, the play is set in Medieval Scotland in an era of tribal warfare and newly-emerging powers.  This time-tested, exciting, often frightening tale, provides a potent mix of fatal prophesies, blind ambition, and murder.  And, let us not forget that kettle of boiling trouble!  Khoury has assembled a dynamic cast, drawing not only from members of the SCSC’s professional acting troupe, but also from many other seasoned actors in the Columbia area. Cast members include Chris Cook as Macbeth, Katie Mixon as Lady Macbeth, Darion McCloud as Macduff, Chris Harvey as Banquo, Tracy Steele as Ross, as well as Mary Miles, Marshall Spann, Allison Allgood, Janet Kile, George Dinsmore, Ripley Thames, Malie Heider, and Mary Jeffcoat.

The New York Times Theatre Section recently reported that there are over 40 versions of Macbeth being performed in the United States (see list below) and abroad in 2018. The timeless appeal of one of the Bard’s best-written and most popular plays certainly speaks to our time, just as powerfully as it did to Shakespeare’s Elizabethan world.

The Tragedy of Macbeth, King of Scotland is one of a handful of William Shakespeare’s plays that has never waivered in its popularity or relevance. Led on by supernatural forces, Macbeth kills his king and usurps the throne, each day growing in paranoia and in the execution of bloody murder. His wife, the infamous Lady Macbeth, guides and goads her lord and husband in his evil acts until the consequences begin the ruin of her soul. Macbeth, with no skill in governing, except in battle, quickly unravels under the pressure.

Joining Khoury on the Artistic Staff is Scott Blanks, the Company’s Associate Artistic and Managing Director, Paula as Company Manager, Leigh Stevenson as Assistant Director, Lee Shepherd as Scenic Designer, Rufus Carson as Lighting Designer, and Janet Kile as Costume Designer.

For more information, please call 803-787-2273 (BARD), or visit our Website at www.shakespeareSC.org.

FROM:                                    THE SOUTH CAROLINA SHAKESPEARE COMPANY

WHAT:                                    William Shakespeare’s MACBETH  at   FINLAY PARK

WHEN:                                   [opening night] Thursday, October 11, 2018 at 8:00 PM

RUNS:                                    October 11-13 (Thursday through Saturday)

October 17-20 (Wednesday through Saturday)

TIME:                                      8:00 PM

ADMISSION:                          Free for All

There is a suggested donation of $10.00.

 

Words and Phrases Coined by Shakespeare

You would be surprised to learn that many of the phrases we use today were actually coined by Shakespeare himself and have safely survived the centuries only to be captured in our everyday conversations.  For instance, Knock, Knock.  Who’s There? can be found in MacBeth.  For many English-speakers, the phrase featured each week will be familiar enough to be considered a common expression,proverb, and/or cliche. Each of them originated with or was popularized by Shakespeare.

“Such stuff as dreams are made on.” –  The Tempest


 

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