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MacBeth will be presented by Shakespeare in the Park, September 11-27

by Heide Brandes

From Sept. 11 to 27, the Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park will present the ambitious Shakespeare classic “Macbeth,” directed by Lance Marsh at the Myriad Garden’s Water Stage.

Something wicked this way comes…. Tempted by the prophecies of three mysterious witches, Macbeth’s ambition to be King of Scotland leads him into a nightmarish world of evil, deceit and murder.

According to Kathryn McGill, executive and artistic Director of Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park, Shakespeare’s Macbeth continues to be one of the most popular plays performed today.

“Macbeth is one of our most popular plays, and it continues to be popular for many reasons,” she said. “It’s timeless. It’s about ambition and what it can do to people, and that theme resonates with our lives today. It’s still pretty contemporary.”

The beauty of Shakespeare’s plays, she said, is that the themes are just as important in modern times as they were when they were written. Holding the performances outdoors at the Myriad Gardens also encourages audiences to attend, whether they are Shakespeare aficiandos or not.

“We have had very good crowds this season. It’s our 30th anniversary season,” McGill said. “There are definitely Shakespeare fans out there, but because we are outdoors, people are more inclined to come and watch in a laid back atmosphere. We like to maintain our informal settings.”

For the 2014 production of Macbeth, new Oklahoma City actor David XXXX will play the lead role. Other cast members include

“Longtime Shakespeare in the Park member Mandy Chapman-Roach will play Lady Macbeth,” McGill said. “This is a dream role for her.”
A special student matinee will be held Sept. 30 at Oklahoma City Community College Performing Arts Center.

The 2014 season of Shakespeare in the Park featured “Twelfth Night,” “Antony and Cleopatra” and “Perciles” as well as the company returned to its roots as an independent theater. The decision to become an Equity theater by the Actor’s Equity Association was a benchmark success for the company.

In May of 2014, Actor’s Equity Association awarded Oklahoma Shakespeare In The Park membership as a Small Professional Theater. Representatives from AEA attended the 30th Anniversary Celebration and recognized the company as the premier classical theater in Oklahoma.

Mary Buss, Richard Nelson and David Chrzanowski were the first Equity actors to work under the new contract.

Today, OSP is firmly established as one of Oklahoma’s cultural treasures, entertaining and enlightening thousands of Oklahomans year-around.
Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park’s mission statement is to produce bold, re-imagined, entertaining and accessible interpretations of Shakespeare and the classics. OSP is committed to promoting the highest level of artistic excellence, to cultivating the widest possible audience and to contributing to the economic and cultural growth of its community, state and region through the professional theatre experience and educational outreach programs.

OSP is a member agency of Allied Arts. OSP is also a member of STAA (the Shakespeare Theatre Association of America), the Institute of Outdoor Drama, the Arts Council of Oklahoma City, the Assembly of Community Arts Councils, the Oklahoma Community Theatre Association, and Frontier Country Marketing Association.

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