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Friday, September 13, 2019

Macbeth at Wyuka!




“Something wicked this way comes” to the Stables at Wyuka. The Flatwater Shakespeare Company presents William Shakespeare's The Tragedy of Macbeth under the direction of Founding Artistic Director Bob Hall. Performances will be in the open-air Swan Theatre, 3600 O Street in Lincoln, September 26-29, October 3-6, and October 10-13. Show time is 7:30 p.m. Visit flatwatershakespearecompany.org for tickets and further information.

What are people capable of doing when they pursue the dream of absolute power? Macbeth and Lady Macbeth enjoy one of Scotland's premier marriages. He is an honored lord and feared warrior. She is an intelligent, ambitious noblewoman. After Macbeth wins a battle on behalf of King Duncan, three witches tell Macbeth that he is destined to be king. Lady Macbeth urges him to make the prophecy come true, even if it means murder. Their plan succeeds, but as Macbeth tries to secure his place on the throne, he orders the deaths of friends, presumed enemies, and their families. His tyranny inspires a rebellion, and he seeks reassurance from the witches. As he and Lady Macbeth drift apart, she is consumed by the guilt he suppresses.

Director Bob Hall and Associate Director Emily Ernst have assembled a powerful cast for the production. Macbeth is played by Matthew Lukasiewicz, who was electric in the lead role of Flatwater Shakespeare's 2015 staging of Hamlet. Lady Macbeth is played by Summer Lukasiewicz, the company's Executive Director, who appeared in the 2017 production of The Weir. Keith Ghormley appears as King Duncan, with Scott Shomaker as his heir, Malcolm. Thomas Hinshaw plays Macduff, who becomes Macbeth's chief adversary, and Emily Ernst appears as Lady Macduff. Clay Stevens is Banquo, the friend that Macbeth betrays. Meghan Arenz, Cecilia Burkhart, and Paula Ray are the witches whose prophecies lead to Macbeth's doom. Other performers include Flatwater Shakespeare veterans Matthew Bejjani, Stephen Buhler, Luke Glassman, Reed Westerhoff, and Jean-Paul Zuhur. Joining the company for this show are Alexandria Hamilton and Zach Stevens.

Kat Cover is costume designer and properties master. Anthony Slattery is scenic designer and technical director. Kellen Voss is sound designer. John Marinovich is fight choreographer. Stephen Buhler is dramaturg. Michelle Zinke and Katie Hoppe are stage managers. Linda Zinke is box office manager.

The performance on Friday, October 11, will be interpreted in American Sign Language. There will also be a special preview night on Wednesday, September 25. “MacB's Bloody Mary Bar,” catered by The Mill, features Bloody Marys and other show-suitable drinks such as Scotch whiskies and Scotch ales, a sneak peek at FSC's 2020 season, and a performance of the play. For details and to purchase tickets for this event, visit flatwatershakespearecompany.com.

Flatwater Shakespeare is a not-for-profit theatre company, dedicated to the principle that Shakespeare Is For Everyone. Along with providing innovative educational programs, the Company brings audiences the richness of the works of William Shakespeare as they were meant to be experienced – played out by a dynamic ensemble of performers on stage.




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