Monday, October 28, 2013

Douglas College show puts contemporary twist on Shakespeare’s Macbeth

Call it Macbeth with a twist.

A Macbeth, Charles Marowitz’s take on Shakespeare’s tragedy about a Scottish king, hits the stage at Douglas College Nov. 8-16.

In this contemporary adaptation, lines are swapped between characters, the sequence of events is altered and a trio of Macbeths appears on stage.

"This is Shakespeare unhinged. It's as if Marowitz cut this play into pieces using scissors and then put them back together into a kind of collage,” director Thrasso Petras says. “I think his intention was to explore the essence of this well-known work and present it in an exciting new way.”

"For those familiar with Macbeth, I think it will be fascinating to see what Marowitz has done,” Petras says. “And for those who don't know the play, this is an introduction to the story and characters that could make it all the more interesting to see the original.”

The cast includes nine Douglas College theatre students and two graduates who are returning for the production.

A Macbeth is being presented by the departments of Theatre and Stagecraft & Event Technology.

The play runs Nov. 8-16 at the Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre, Douglas College, 700 Royal Ave., New Westminster. Tickets ($8-$12) are available through Massey Theatre, 604 521 5050.