“Fair is foul, and foul is fair” in IU Theatre’s MACBETH

January 2, 2016

Bloomington, Ind –  This February the Indiana University Department of Theatre, Drama & Contemporary Dance continues its long tradition of bringing Shakespeare to the Bloomington community, with a deeper examination of the story of the man, Macbeth, led by third-year MFA candidate, David Kote.

When three mysterious witches proclaim that Macbeth will become King of Scotland, the successful general’s hubris erupts like a demon, driving him to betrayal and murder in his quest for the throne.

“Directors often want to make their mark with this play. They strive to be totally unique – to bring their own agenda to the script,” says director David Kote. “But in doing that, I think we sometimes miss what an incredible story this is. Here is a man who encounters the supernatural, and uses that encounter to allow all of his deepest, darkest greed and ambition loose on the world. Fundamentally, he’s a person whose imagination is out of control. So, for me, any concept we bring to the play needs to start from there.”

Set designer Bridget Dreher has created an immersive landscape in the Wells-Metz Theatre to highlight the topsy-turvy nature of Macbeth’s swirling thoughts.

“For me the play hinges on this line: ‘Fair is foul, and foul is fair,’” says Kote. “In this world things aren’t what they seem. So wee need to create a world where the ‘foul’ and the ‘fair’ can easily switch places.”

Jacobs School of Music composer Kimberly Osberg has composed an original score for this production.

Senior Theatre and drama major, Ian Martin, will play the title role. Second-year MFA actors Chris Handley and Jason Craig West will play Duncan and Malcolm. First-year MFA actor Abby Lee will play Lady Macbeth.

WHAT: Macbeth, presented by IU Theatre

WHEN: Feb. 5, 6, 9 – 13, 2016 at 7:30pm and Feb 13 at 2pm

WHERE: Wells-Metz Theatre, Lee Norvelle Theatre and Drama Center, 275 N. Jordan Ave.

TICKETS: Regular admission is $25 for adults, $15 for students, $20 for seniors. 812.855.1103 or theatre.indiana.edu. For group discounts, contact Stacy Brown (staabrow@indiana.edu).