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The Murray Shakespeare Festival presents Macbeth

The American Shakespeare Center (ASC) returns to the Murray State University campus on March 7 and 8 to perform Shakespeare's famous tragedy of Macbeth. The ASC's internationally renowned traveling company will perform the play using historical staging conditions – this means that the lights will stay on, and the actors will perform in thrust staging. The audience will be on three sides of the action, up-close and personal!

“The excitement is really building around this year's production of Macbeth,” Festival Chair and Associate Professor of English Dr. William Jones told me. “The American Shakespeare Center has an amazing reputation in the theatrical community, and so the chance to see them perform in our region for an affordable price is an opportunity not to be missed! Furthermore, the ASC always presents a lively and entertaining Shakespeare production, and Macbeth, with its tale of spooky witches, vaulting ambition, and the inescapable power of the human conscience, is always a crowd pleaser.”   

Performances run from 10 am- 12:30 pm both days in MSU's historic Lovett Auditorium. The pre-show entertainment begins at 9:30 am. Tickets can be purchased at the door in Lovett, and seating is first-come, first-choice. Ticket prices are $7 for MSU students, faculty, and staff, $7 for any student from any institution (with student ID), seniors, veterans, and children under twelve, and $12.00 for the general public. Call 270.809.2397, or email Dr. William Jones at wjones1@murrystate.edu for more information. Also, visit their webpage at murraystate.edu/shakespeare or find us on Facebook.

The American Shakespeare Center

The American Shakespeare Center (ASC) is a regional theatre company located in Staunton, Virginia, that focuses on the plays of Shakespeare; his contemporaries Ben Jonson, Beaumont and Fletcher, Christopher Marlowe; and works related to Shakespeare, like James Goldman's The Lion in Winter and Bob Carlton's Return to the Forbidden Planet.

The ASC is notable for its theatre, the Blackfriars Playhouse, the world's only recreation of the original indoor Blackfriars Theatre in London that was demolished in 1655. As a theater company, the ASC hosts performances by two rotating ensembles of 16 different titles in 5 distinct seasons, 52 weeks a year, at its Blackfriars Playhouse, as well as hosting a regional travelling company, ASC on Tour. The ASC also provides a year-round laboratory for students and scholars through education programming in Staunton and on the road.