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"If chance will have me king..."

Macbeth

 

A Note About the Play . . .

From the Director, Mrs. Stella Griffin

   

You will notice that I have placed Shakespeare's characters in modern clothes, believing as I do, that this story of souls corrupted by selfish ambition and rabid desire for power can be retold in any society and in any generation.

Similarly, I would like to draw your attention to the framework in which Shakespeare places the tragedy of Macbeth. The play begins and ends with government in the hands of righteous rulers.  When Duncan, the just king, is murdered, cruelty, disorder, and suffering occupy the land.  When Malcolm, the righteous king, replaces the wicked Macbeth, justice and harmony return to the country.  In this framework, Macbeth's choices are tragic not only for himself, but for all who are connected to him as family, friends and countrymen.

Good and evil are clear elements in this play.  Witchcraft and murder are on one side, innocence and righteousness are on the other.  As to how one can move from one side to the other is a bit more subtly but definitely asserted in the play.  Early on, Banquo states that instruments of evil to win us to our harm deceive us with partial truths.  If we take this statement as a key for the rest of the play, then we can see that the work of the witches is first to deceive Macbeth and second to destroy him.  Herein is the tragedy: that the work of deception becomes complete when the human being is utterly destroyed. I suppose I should also comment on the use of televisions on our stage.  In a materialistic and technological society,  we scoff at witches as archaic mediums of evil.. But, in the 1611 King James Version of the Bible, contemporary to Shakespeare, the devil is called "the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that worketh in the children of disobedience" in Ephesians 2:2. Therefore, I wonder if the very instruments we trust to be telling us the truth, the people who go "on the air" and, thus, enter our homes, could at times deceive us.  Oh, well, at least the television sets make things appear and disappear onstage - a poor man's special effects.

Macbeth cast and crew