Purdue Theatre to present 'Macbeth'

February 13, 2015  

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Purdue Theatre will continue its 2014-2015 season with Shakespeare's "Macbeth," beginning Feb. 20 at the Nancy T. Hansen Theatre in Yue-Kong Pao Hall of Visual and Performing Arts.

The fast-paced story revolves around the rise and fall of Macbeth, a noble warrior, brought to ruin by his own ambition. One of the most famous characters of all of Shakespeare's plays is Lady Macbeth, the wife of the title character, whose influence over her husband brings about his downfall.

"'Macbeth' is still relevant today, partly because human nature has not changed that much since the Elizabethan age; the themes and motifs of guilt, shame, power, jealousy, greed and murder are seen almost every day in our society," said director Richard Sullivan Lee, associate professor of theatre at Purdue.

"The play has provided the inspiration for many contemporary characters in popular entertainment, such as Frank and Claire Underwood from the television series 'House of Cards,' Commander and Dame Vaako from the film 'The Chronicles of Riddick,' and the fictionalized versions of Juan and Eva Peron from the musical 'Evita,'" said Joel Ebarb, producer and Department of Theatre chair.

Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 20, 21, 25, 26, 27 and 28. Matinees also will be offered at 2:30 p.m. on Feb. 22, 28 and March 1. Tickets are $19.50 for the general public, $12.50 for students and $15.50 for those ages 62 and older.

A special preview performance will be offered at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 19, with all seats $6.50 general admission.

Tickets for "Macbeth" are available at the Pao Hall, Elliott Hall and Stewart Center box offices or by calling 765-494-3933 or 800-914-SHOW. The Nancy T. Hansen Theatre is located in Yue-Kong Pao Hall of Visual and Performing Arts at 552 W. Wood St., West Lafayette.

The Department of Theatre is in the College of Liberal Arts and is part of the Patti and Rusty Rueff School of Visual and Performing Arts. 

Contact: David Lageveen, director of marketing and donor relations for Purdue Theatre, 765-494-3084, lageveen@purdue.edu

Sources: Richard Sullivan Lee, 765-494-3078, rslee@purdue.edu

Joel Ebarb, 765-494-3081, jebarb@purdue.edu 

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