8 O’Clock Buzz host Jonathan Zarov interviews Madison Shakespeare Company’s producer Jason Compton. Madison Shakespeare Company’s upcoming premiere of its latest full-length production, The Tragedy of Macbeth, runs July 21 through July 24 at the Edgewood College amphitheater.
Well-regarded as one of Shakespeare’s most taut and engaging works, The Tragedy of Macbeth explores timeless themes of ambition, aggression, and paranoia. “It’s the story of the accumulation of power, and how people are hurt as you pursue that power,” says Francisco Torres, director. “How many lives can be destroyed in the service of one man’s ego?”
MSC’s latest performance venue, the Edgewood College amphitheater, is located behind the recently-constructed arts building known as The Stream. The amphitheater space is nestled between the high glass walls of The Stream and the nearby woods, providing a beautifully peaceful and secluded atmosphere for performance. The amphitheater is designed for outdoor performance and delivers excellent acoustics to the audience with no amplification. “The amphitheater is perfect for the story of Macbeth, because we can bring Birnam Wood to you,” Torres says.
The Edgewood College amphitheater is a “Bring Your Own Chair” venue, and patrons are encouraged to bring their favorite folding chair to the performance. Reservations are now accepted at www.madisonshakespeare.org/reservations.
The performance runtime is approximately 1 hour and 50 minutes, including a brief intermission.