Macbeth Monday: A Rundown

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Seth Rabinowitz as Macduff in Macbeth. Photo by John David Pittman.

Our first show of the 40th Anniversary MainStage Season is upon us!

A new show means a new blog series. To highlight all of the cool aspects of William Shakespeare’s Macbeth, we are launching a week blog series called Macbeth Mondays!

To kick things off, we thought it would be a good idea to look at the synopsis, characters and really why Producing Artistic Director Bob Hupp wanted to bring this show to The Rep stage to start our landmark season.

Synopsis 

Featuring eerie witch-like figures conspiring in riddles and chants to the backdrop of a great battle coming to an end, the beginning of Macbeth promises a story that will keep audiences on the edge of their seats.  A captain reports the details of the battle to King Duncan, praising the bravery of two generals, Macbeth and Banquo.  As Macbeth and Banquo travel home, they encounter the “Weird Sisters,” three witches who prophesy great honors in store for both men.  They tell Macbeth that he will become the Thane of Cawdor, and eventually, the king.  They tell Banquo that although he will not be king, his descendants will.  The first prophesy is fulfilled immediately when Duncan awards the title of Thane of Cawdor to Macbeth in return for his successful military service in the preceding battles.  He writes of the witches’ predictions to his wife, who begins strategizing how she will help her husband claim the crown.  When they find out the king plans to spend a night at their castle, the Macbeths decide to murder him in his sleep.

Malcolm and Donalbain, Duncan’s sons, run away in fear of their own lives, and Macbeth becomes king.  The rest of the play reveals the personal and political consequences of Macbeth’s act of regicide:  he and his wife, his former “partner in greatness,” drift apart, he plots murder after murder to cover up his initial crime, he desperately seeks out further help from the witches, he is plagued with insomnia, and he is terrified by the haunting of a ghost.  Lady Macbeth, too, suffers for her part in the murder of the king—she experiences distressing episodes of sleepwalking, and ultimately, deteriorates to the point of death.  In the end, Macbeth’s tyranny is brought to an end when he is defeated in battle by Macduff and Malcolm, who claims his right to the throne.  The play seems less interested in the eventual restoration of order than itis in the cost of corruption to the human soul.

“The original House of Cards. It’s fitting to start off a milestone season with the English language’s greatest author,” said Bob Hupp, Producing Artistic Director at Arkansas Repertory Theatre. “Shakespeare keeps us honest, and tests our mettle when we seek to tell great stories that demand to live on a stage. I’ve been reading and seeing productions of Macbeth for more than 30 years, now I’m ready to direct it for you this fall.”

Characters

  • Macbeth: a Scottish general and the thane of Glamis who is led to wicked thoughts by the prophecies of the three witches, especially after their prophecy that he will be made thane of Cawdor comes true. 
  • Lady Macbeth: Macbeth’s wife, a deeply ambitious woman who lusts for power and position. 
  • The Weird Sisters: three “black and midnight hags” who plot mischief against Macbeth using charms, spells, and prophecies.
  • Banquo: The brave, noble general whose children, according to the witches’ prophecy, will inherit the Scottish throne. 
  • Duncan: the good King of Scotland whom Macbeth, in his ambition for the crown, murders. 
  • Macduff: a Scottish nobleman hostile to Macbeth’s kingship from the start. 
  • Malcolm: the son of Duncan, whose restoration to the throne signals Scotland’s return to order following Macbeth’s reign of terror. 
  • Fleance: Banquo’s son, who survives Macbeth’s attempt to murder him.
  • Lennox, Ross, Menteith, Angus and Caithness: Scottish noblemen.
  • The Murderers: a group of ruffians conscripted by Macbeth to murder Banquo, Fleance (whom they fail to kill), and Macduff’s wife and children.
  • A Porter: the drunken doorman of Macbeth’s castle.
  • Lady Macduff: Macduff’s wife.
  • Macduff children: Killed by the murderers.
  • Donalbain: Duncan’s son and Malcolm’s younger brother.
  • Siward: Earl of Northumberland and uncle to Malcolm and Donalbain. Aids Malcolm in defeating Macbeth.
  • Young Siward: Son of Siward. Killed by Macbeth.

The Shakespeare drama takes The Rep stage Sept. 11-27! Book your tickets to Macbeth by calling (501) 378-0405 or visiting TheRep.org.

And learn everything else you need to before seeing the drama by checking out our study guide here!

Go Behind the Scenes Friday with Macbeth Actor Seth Rabinowitz

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Seth Rabinowitz

With our 40th MainStage Season fast approaching, we have a lot of cool things in the works to give our patrons an even closer look into the professional work we produce.

That’s why for the first time ever, we are letting one of our actors take over our Instagram for a day!

Friday, Aug. 28, follow Macbeth’s Seth Daniel Rabinowitz (Macduff) on our Instagram (@ArkansasRep) as he chronicles a full day of play rehearsals here at The Rep.

Check back throughout the day to get a behind-the-scenes look at one of the first days of what call tech rehearsal (when the actors transfer from the rehearsal space to the main stage).

He will show the hours-long process of getting into costume, prepping for the stage and everything in between.

And after following his takeover, we know you might have a few questions about the process and what it’s like being a professional actor– follow along on Opening Week of Macbeth when we do a live Twitter Q&A with Rabinowitz! Check for time and date closer to time.

Book your tickets to Macbeth by calling (501) 378-0405 or visiting TheRep.org.

 

The Rep and Stone’s Throw Partner for Macbeth Beer: Vote CLOSED!

stones-throw-brewing-coming-to-little-rock-ar-L-nrEb8pAre you a beer lover? Well, you’re in for a special treat!

With our production of William Shakespeare’s Macbeth taking The Rep MainStage in September, we have teamed up with the popular brewery to create a special beer for the dark drama– a Scottish Red Ale with a small inclusion of rye that adds spice. And guess what? We need your help naming it!

Starting Monday, Aug. 17, The Rep is launching its Macbeth Beer Naming Contest, where we will be accepting entries for the special beverage.

With a reddish hue that pays tribute to the battles of Macbeth, it’s a malty, full-bodied beer that is easy to drink.

After we chose our top five favorite names, then, you, the fans, will vote for your favorite! The winner will receive a growler of the beer and a pair of tickets to see Macbeth!

Here is how the contest will work:

1. Submit your awesome beer name from Monday, Aug. 17 to Friday, Aug. 21.

2. Our top five favorite names will be selected and fans will be allowed to vote for their beer-closeupfavorite on our Facebook page from Monday, Aug. 24 to Wednesday, Aug. 26. The name with the most ‘Likes’ at the end of the voting period will be the winner!

3. The winner will receive a growler of the beer and a pair of tickets to see Macbeth!

The special beer will be on tap at Stone’s Throw, located at 402 E. Ninth St., Little Rock, throughout the run of the show from Sept. 11-27 and will also be incorporated into a special ice cream flavor created by Loblolly Creamery. The ice cream will be sold at Loblolly Creamery, located inside the Green Corner Store, 1423 Main St., Suite D, Little Rock, and at The Rep throughout the run.

Don’t miss your chance to try this one-of-a-kind brew celebrating one of Shakespeare’s greatest tragedies and get your tickets to Macbeth online or by calling the Box Office at (501) 378-0405.

 

Last Week to Book FlexPass Tickets

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The cast of The Rep’s production of Mary Poppins. Photo by Stephen B. Thornton.

Do you have a FlexPass for our 40th MainStage Season? Book your tickets now before single tickets go on sale to the public next Monday, Aug. 17!

You can build your very own season with a FlexPass. You start with six passes and choose which plays you want to see, when you want to see them. Your FlexPass may be used in any combination: two passes for one show, four passes for another, or two for each of three shows, etc.

Simply call the Box Office at (501) 378-0405 to book your seats by Friday, Aug. 14 before tickets go on sale to the public for the entire season. FlexPass tickets can be booked anytime throughout the season, but by booking passes now, patrons have a better chance of reserving the seats they want!

Get more information about a FlexPass subscription and gets yours today if you haven’t purchased one yet here!

Don’t Miss Last Performances of SMTI

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Photo by Stephen B. Thornton

We can’t believe it but it’s almost the end of summer and you know what means: our mainstage season is just around the corner!

But before we kick off our landmark 40th Anniversary Season, our Summer Musical Theatre Intensive (SMTI) Junior Session is taking center stage with their production of Once On This Island this weekend, Aug. 6-8.

From the Tony Award-winning songwriting team of Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (Seussical, Ragtime) comes the Olivier Award-winning Once On This Island. This highly original and theatrical Caribbean adaptation of the popular fairy 15829_956660064376724_310560760827849491_ntale The Little Mermaid garnered eight Tony Award nominations, including Best Musical.

Celebrate storytelling with this rousing Calypso-flavored tale of one small girl who finds love in a world of prejudice.

Performances are:

  • 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 6
  • 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 7
  • 1 & 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 8

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at www.therep.org or by calling the Box Office at (501) 378-0405.