The Sewanee School of Letters invites the community to a special performance of Macbeth at 7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 15, in Guerry Auditorium.
From the first words of the play until the title character loses his head, Shakespeare’s shortest tragedy is also his most unrelenting examination of the dark side of humanity. Driven to bloody deeds by their lust for power and supernatural predictions, Macbeth and his Lady fight to hold on to their ill-gotten throne, their sanity, and each other, by any means necessary.
The American Shakespeare Center brings a unique performance style to Sewanee, blending Shakespeare’s stagecraft with modern sensibility. The company uses Shakespeare’s Staging Conditions: universal lighting, minimal sets, character doubling, cross-gender casting, and live music. Its productions have been hailed by the Washington Post as “shamelessly entertaining” and by the Boston Globe as “phenomenal…bursting with energy.”
Doors will open at 6:30 p.m., with period music from the company beginning at that time.
The performance will be in memory of School of Letters faculty member Ann Jennalie Cook, distinguished Shakespeare scholar, who passed away last summer. Through the generosity of one of Cook’s many grateful students at the School of Letters, we are able to honor her with this performance of Macbeth.
Special thanks to the Sewanee Performing Arts Series, and to the Department of English, the Department of Humanities, the Department of Theater and Dance, the Department of Medieval Studies, Writing Across the Curriculum, and the Center for Speaking and Learning.
For more information go to letters.sewanee.edu/readings/.