‘Something Wicked This Way Comes’ opens in Monmouth on Oct. 17

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MONMOUTH — William Shakespeare’s swift and relentless tragedy, “Macbeth,” filled with ghosts, witches, and dark prophecies, “Macbeth” will run Oct. 17-19, in Cumston Hall before it heads out on the road as part of the theatre’s Shakespeare in Maine Communities Education Tour.

Nobody ever believes road-side fortune tellers but what if their prophecies started to come true? How far would you go to attain all they promised? Kill a king? A friend? A child? Three mysterious outsiders compel the kingdom’s champion to commit treason, rebellion, and regicide. Hallucinations become real and daylight hides its face as blind ambition contorts Macbeth into one of Shakespeare’s bloodiest butchers.

Director Heidi Handelsman said that for Macbeth she wants to “create a production so immediate, engrossing, and chilling that young audiences leave the theatre hooked on Shakespeare. The Macbeths and the witches will disrupt a safe and familiar-seeming world. [They’ll] leave the few survivors to shine a wholesome light into the darkness this unnaturalness has created.”

Macbeth features Drew Johnson as Macbeth, Pamela Mae Davis as Lady Macbeth/Seyton, Greg Boover as Banquo/ Young Siward, Wendy Way as Duncan/Porter/ Doctor, Michael Dix Thomas as Witch 1/Angus/MacDuff, Marjolaine Whittlesey as Witch 2/Lady MacDuff/ Donalbain, and Lillian Meredith as Witch 3/Lenox/Malcolm. Set design by Sara C. Walsh, costume design by Elizabeth Rocha, and lighting design by Jim Alexander.

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Public performances will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17; 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18; and 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 19. Ticket prices: $20-25. For more information, call 207-933-9999 or visit theateratmonmouth.org.

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