Shakespeare in the Vines’ 2017 summer season continues with ‘Macbeth’

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TEMECULA –Shakespeare in the Vines presents “Macbeth,” William Shakespeare’s famous, action-packed story of ambition and murder. Performances, which began Aug. 10, will take place under the stars at the Baily Vineyard and Winery in Temecula.

Director Wendi Johnson returns for “Macbeth,” following up on her successful helming of last year’s “Hamlet.” This year’s cast features veteran-actors John Leon and Rebecca Stier Reber as the ambitious, co-dependent power couple around which a vengeance-soaked world spins. They are joined by many other talented actors from throughout the Inland Empire.

Most theatergoers are at least somewhat familiar with the Scottish play. A brave general named Macbeth receives a prophecy from some witches that one day he will become King of Scotland. Consumed by ambition and spurred to action by his wife, Macbeth murders King Duncan and takes the Scottish throne for himself. He becomes wracked with guilt and paranoia. With its iconic scenes, characters and famous quotations – “Out, out, damn spot!” – “Macbeth” has captivated audiences for more than 400 years. Some view the play as cursed because of the bad luck that allegedly accompanies many productions.

“I wanted to explore the nature of evil in man,” Johnson said. “In ‘Macbeth,’ we very clearly see a person’s descent into hell through his own actions. But several characters in the play experience their own moral or spiritual crises and must find their way back to grace.”

“Macbeth” is the third production of Shakespeare in the Vines’ 2017 summer season, which began with “The Winter’s Tale” and “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” In September, “The Importance of Being Earnest,” Oscar Wilde’s classic comedy of mistaken identity, will close out the season.

Opening night was Thursday, Aug. 10. Performances will run Aug. 11, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 24, 25 and 26. All performances will be held at Baily Winery, 33440 La Serena Way, in Temecula. There will be wine, soda and snacks available to purchase at the performance. Outside food is encouraged.

Now celebrating its twelfth season, Shakespeare in the Vines is the only theater company in Riverside County dedicated to producing the works of Shakespeare. Shakespeare in the Vines strives to create exciting experiences that reach current and future audiences through illuminating interpretations in the scenic vineyards of Temecula.

For tickets, visit www.tickets.temeculatheater.org or call (951) 402-7488.

John Leon, as Macbeth, is tempted and tormented by witches who may be able to see his future at Baily’s Winery in Temecula this August at Shakespeare in the Vines’ production of “Macbeth.” Courtesy photo
John Leon, as Macbeth, is tempted and tormented by witches who may be able to see his future at Baily’s Winery in Temecula this August at Shakespeare in the Vines’ production of “Macbeth.” Courtesy photo

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