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UW-Eau Claire Artists Series|
MAILED: Oct. 5, 1998|
William Shakespeare's "Macbeth" will be presented by the American Players Theatre Tuesday, Oct. 20, at The State: Regional Arts Center in downtown Eau Claire.
Part of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Artists Series, the performance will begin at 7:30 p.m.
The Macbeth of history ruled Scotland from 1040 to 1057. It was the Macbeth of subsequent legend who became the basis for Shakespeare's unusually brief 1606 play called "the shortest, most energetic, concentrated, and vehement" of the playwright's tragedies by the London Sunday Times after a 1947 revival performance.
Where the historical Macbeth openly opposed the king who preceded him, Shakespeare added the element of treachery to transform his protagonist into the darkest of tragic villains. Shakespeare's Macbeth is a friend who betrays his mentor; a soldier who turns on his commander and king; and a host who uses the mantle of hospitality to murder a guest beneath his roof.
The production stars Jonathan Smoots as Macbeth, whose bloody, bold and resolute act creates an immediate fear that leads him to more murders. Jennifer Jordan Campbell portrays Lady Macbeth, who sets in motion the betrayal that causes her unbearable remorse and eventual madness.
Since 1980, the American Players Theatre has presented the greatest classical plays in a uniquely beautiful outdoor setting of 110 acres of woods and meadows in the hills above the Wisconsin River. Located in Spring Green, the American Players Theatre is currently the second most popular outdoor stage of all Shakespeare festivals in the United States, performing to more than 100,000 patrons annually.
From its inception, the American Players Theatre has been known for its vivid, accessible productions of the works of Shakespeare, highlighted by its commitment to the text. Five plays are performed in repertory during a season that runs from mid-June to early October. Following its Spring Green season, the American Players Theatre tours through cities across Wisconsin.
Tickets are $15 for the general public, $13 for those age 62 and over and UW-Eau Claire faculty/staff, or $5 for those age 17 and under and UW-Eau Claire students. Tickets are available at the University Service Center, (715) 836-3727, and at the door.
Patrons may also charge their tickets to MasterCard or Visa when they order by phone. Call (715) 836-3727 or, outside the immediate Eau Claire area, call toll-free (800) 949-UWEC. A $3 handling fee will be added to all telephone charge orders.
The Artists Series is made possible by student funds allocated by the UW-Eau Claire Student Senate.
Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: Oct. 5, 1998