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By William Shakespeare

What happens when ambition eclipses civility? The classic tragedy about one couple’s decent into evil in the pursuit of power.

Department of Theatre & Drama

Power Center

December 10 - 13, 2009


The Story: How far would an ambitious person go to manipulate their future? Told a prophecy that he will someday rule, Scottish general Macbeth briefly contemplates regicide, but his errant thoughts cannot overcome his nobility until he is emboldened by his equally ambitious and manipulative wife. The aftermath of their scheming takes them onto a ruthless, spiraling path as one atrocity leads to another in order to preserve their rule. As corrosive guilt and fear invades their minds, the pair is driven further into a nightmare of their own making. Loosely based on historical events, Macbeth powerfully explores one couple’s descent into evil in pursuit of absolute power.

Artistic Significance: The shortest and bloodiest of the Shakespearean tragedies, “the Scottish play” has fascinated audiences since it was written in 1606. Noted biographer Park Honan declared Macbeth “the quintessence of Shakespeare’s career.” Philip Kerr, who directed the department’s presentations of Romeo & Juliet, Hamlet and The Tempest, sets the production in a military hospital during the early 20th century. Filled with damaged minds and bodies, Macbeth is a chilling look at the corruption of the soul.



Max Artsis (Chatsworth, CA), Josh Berkowitz (West Bloomfield, MI),

Seon Britton (Southfield, MI), Reed Campbell (San Francisco, CA),

David Cone (Statesboro, GA), Erin Cousins (Muskegon, MI),

Gordon Granger (Mamaroneck, NY),Casey Hanley (Mill Valley, CA),

David Kaplinsky (Chicago, IL), Max Kaufman (Durham, NC),

Paul Koch (Mill Valley, CA), Margot McGrath (Mill Valley, CA),
Myles Mershman (Shelby Township, MI), Tedra Millan (Bryn Mawr, PA),

David Moosman (Libertyville, IL), Jesse Peri (Stinson Beach, CA),

Charlotte Raines (New York, NY), Mckean Rand (Lawton, MI),

Kris Reilly (Milford, MI), Joey Richter (Laguna Niguel, CA),

Anna Robinson (Brooklyn, NY), Dan Rubens (Mattawan, MI),

John Samela (Winsted, CT), Isaac Scobey-Thal (Ann Arbor, MI),

Matt Socha (Naperville, IL), Nicholas J. Strauss-Matathia (Weston, CT),

Sango Tajima (Itami, Hyogo, Japan), Andrew Whipple (Mt. Pleasant, MI),

Tiffany Williams (Laro, MD), Tom Wolfson (New York, NY)


Macbeth set model

Artistic Staff

Director Philip Kerr
Scenic Designer Vincent Mountain
Costume Designer Rachel Jahn
Lighting Designer Rob Murphy
Sound Designers

Henry Reynolds,

Matt Glenn,

Lena Thompson

Stage Manager

Becca Rothman


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Click here to view the Macbeth program.

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Photography Credits:

U-M Photo Services

Joe Welsh

Peter Smith

David Smith

Glen Behring

Tom Bower