Shaun Ho / The Collegian
Shakespeareâ€™s classic power struggle between good and evil gets a new twist in Fresno Stateâ€™s last play of the season, â€œMacbeth.”
Director Edward EmanuEl presents the updated classic with more action, excitement and wickedness that he hopes will excite and entice audiences.
â€œThe production is a violent one. Evil is violent. The level of evil that â€œMacbeth” conjures up was designed to shock Shakespeareâ€™s audience. We will attempt to do the same 400 years later,” EmanuEl said.
Dana Cooper, stage manager for the production describes EmanuElâ€™s imaginative vision for the play.
â€œViolent scenes in Shakespeare are nothing to us,” Cooper said. â€œHeâ€™s capitalizing on the spectacle and making it more visually appealing. Thereâ€™ll be tons of blood, violence and evil things.”
The play, which was originally composed in the 17th century, follows the struggles of Macbeth as he strives for the throne attempting to take fate into his own hands throughout the journey. It has become one of Shakespeareâ€™s most famous plays, with almost 50 movie versions alone.
The leading role will be played by Eric Day, a theatre instructor at University High School.
â€œIt chronicles the realization that a manâ€™s fate he cannot control, it is already sealed,” said Day, a Fresno State graduate.
University Theatre produced six performances this season and has been working on â€œMacbeth” since the beginning of the spring semester.
â€œWe began casting in late January and rehearsals started in early March,” said Cooper, who acts as the communicator between the designers, director and actors. â€œIâ€™m in charge of managing everything that happens at rehearsals.”
The University Theatre cast and crew primarily consists of Fresno State students. There are a few participants in â€œMacbeth” who are not students including Day, Dr. Tim Skeen, a poetry professor who will play a priest, and Jim Schlievert, another Fresno State alumnus who will play King Duncan.
The show will run May 4-6 and May 8-12 in the John Wright Theatre. Tickets are $8 for Fresno State students and can be purchased at the University Theatre Box Office.