Department of Theatre opens season with Macbeth  

Department of Theatre opens season with Macbeth �
The University of South Dakota Department of Theatre launches its 2006-2007 season with Macbeth, Shakespeare's towering tale of ambition gone awry, Oct.11-14 at a new evening curtain time of 7:30 p.m. and Oct. 15 at 2 p.m. in the Wayne S. Knutson Theatre in the Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts.

Dr. Ronald L. Moyer, professor and chair of theatre, directs this powerful and timeless drama which features the great warrior Macbeth, played by Joie Bauer of Morse Bluff, NE, who is smitten with ambition when he hears the prophesy from the Witches, played by Ebony Shanklin and Ivory Stahly, Sioux Falls, Kyra Tietjen of Milbank, and Avalon Kann of McGregor, IA, that he "shalt be King."

With prompting and aid from Lady Macbeth, April Hubbard of Orange City, IA, Macbeth proceeds to make the Witches' prediction a reality. Macbeth quickly captures the crown, murdering King Duncan, Tim Duggan of Vermillion, and by destroying other innocent lives.�These heinous acts haunt the Macbeths, however, and eventually lead to their demise.

By the play's conclusion, Macbeth is despised, abandoned, and in one of the great climaxes of dramatic literature, destroyed by the vengeful Macduff, whose wife and child were killed on Macbeth's order. Andy Heller of Armour, plays the nobel MacDuff.�

Macbeth's fall from grace offers numerous lessons about ambition, guilt, the evil that may be done for love and the need to bring order to a chaotic universe. These are universal themes that are as relevant today as they were in Shakespeare's time.

To support the modernity of the play, this production features scenic and costume designs with strong contemporary influences. Emily Forsman and Shandi Walnofer, graduate students in scenic and costume design, respectively, provide the designs.

Tickets for Macbeth, sponsored by Wal-Mart, are $10 for adults, $8 for senior citizens (65+), $6 for youth (K-12) and $3 for students from USD and students from other schools with school ID. Reduced rates are available for groups of 10 or more. Box office hours are noon to 5 p.m. weekdays and noon to curtain time on days of performance. Call 605-677-5400 for reservations.

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