Montford Park Players Presents the Great Tragedy of Shakespeare’s Macbeth
by William Shakespeare
Produced by Montford Park Players
at the Hazel Robinson Amphitheatre
September 17-19, 24, 26, October 1, 3, 9
Friday, Saturday and Sunday @ 7:30pm
Hazel Robinson Amphitheatre
92 Gay St. Asheville, NC
Montford Park Players, an Asheville theatrical tradition, is proud announce their upcoming production of the World Premiere of the tragic and violent Macbeth by William Shakespeare. The play will be performed in repertory with Pericles and all performances will be held at the Hazel Robinson Amphitheatre at 92 Gay Street in the heart of Asheville’s historic Montford District. Dates for Pericles are September 17th-19th, 24th, 26th, October 1st, 3rd and 9th, all on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings at 7:30pm. For safety, only those with tickets will be allowed at each performance. Tickets are available at montfordparkplayers.org and are, as always, FREE.
The plot of Macbeth is pretty well-known to most, as it’s one of The Bard’s most popular plays. Three witches tell the General Macbeth that he will be King of Scotland. Encouraged by his wife, Macbeth kills the king and ascends to the throne. Wracked with guilt and paranoia, he feels forced to commit more and more murders to protect himself from enmity and suspicion. Now viewed as a tyrannical ruler, the bloodbath and consequent civil war swiftly take Macbeth and Lady Macbeth deep into the realms of madness and death.
Director Jason Williams was originally drawn to direct Macbeth by the powerful story and complex characters is excited to direct this classic tale. “I hope the audience sees Macbeth in a different and more visceral light than when they were probably forced to read it in high school,” he says. “How a story from the 17th Century can still be relevant today.”
Williams, known around Montford for his unique production concepts, doesn’t hold back on this one: “Our production of Macbeth is influenced by Cyberpunk, Sci-Fi, and Anime. It's an idea of how to break the play out of it normally associated Medieval and Renaissance associations and make it more relatable to a modern audience.”
The cast for Macbeth is also filled with Montford Park Players veterans. Macbeth will be played by the deft Dwight Chiles, while the Lady Macbeth is taken on by Ariel Robinson. Other faces known on the Amphitheatre boards include Anthony Antinora, Badi Mirheli, David Mycoff, Kai Strange, Kevin Norris, Mandy Bean, Mandy Bean and Matt Wade, alongside Danielle King, Monica Swatzell, Patrick Nguyen, Sydney Roberts and Travis Kelley.
Shakespeare’s Macbeth is regularly presented at Montford, due to its continued popularity among Shakespeare aficionados and dilettantes alike. In rep with Pericles it gives us all a good reason to make our fall plans early.
For more information or to obtain tickets, go to montfordparkplayers.org, or call at (828) 254-5146.