by William Shakespeare
Prophecies. Madness. Ambition. Blood. The King has been murdered, but how long will the new King live? In Shakespeare’s supernatural tragedy Macbeth, the titular Lord is led by the prophecies of witches to conspire with his wife on an ambitious plot to rule Scotland—at any cost. But when their delusions of power result in bloodshed, Macbeth is sent into a downward spiral of madness. Tormented by visions and guilt while the price of his crimes takes its toll, what fate awaits Macbeth? Join us for a chilling account of the destructively cyclical nature of dreams and nightmares come true.
Production Sponsor: Rippe & Kingston
Ensemble Sponsor: Fort Washington Investment Advisors, Inc.
Design Sponsor: Champlin
October 14 to November 20, 2011
Showtimes: Evening performances Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and matinee performances Sundays at 2 p.m.
Prices: Thursday and Sunday: Adults $28, Seniors $24, Students $22
Friday and Saturday: Adults $32, Seniors $28, Students $26
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The CSC Dumb Show
7 p.m. on Thursday Nights
Length: 15 Minutes
A bit intimidated by Shakespeare’s language? Have a friend or spouse who won’t join you at the theatre because they think they won’t “get it”? Just want to know more about the play?
Believe it or not, Shakespeare wanted his plays to be understood, and he was not averse to giving a little help along the way. There was a popular device at the time known as the “Dumb Show.” Before the play proper would begin, the actors would come out and present a condensed version of the play in pantomime, introducing all the characters and covering all the major plot points and developments. Armed with this knowledge, the audience could relax and much more easily follow the show. In the spirit of this grand tradition, the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company is proud to offer “The CSC Dumb Show.” On each Thursday of a show’s run, a member of the cast will give a brief pre-show talk, covering plot, characters and interesting historical tidbits- get the who, the what, the when, the where and the wherefore. Have no fear, the CSC Dumb Show is here!
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