Shakespeare’s compelling drama, Macbeth, will be staged by San Francisco Shakespeare Festival’s touring troupe in the 3rd floor Community Meeting Room. All are invited to attend the hour-long performance which concludes with the cast members taking questions from the audience. No ticket is needed for this free performance.
After a trio of mysterious witches prophesy that Macbeth will become King of Scotland, his wife, Lady Macbeth, spurs him into doing the heinous work that will ensure the prediction will come true … but at what cost? Macbeth’s irrational desire for power and wish to become ruler through any means possible results in his inevitable downfall as he begins a journey of betrayal and deceit that ends tragically for himself and Scotland. His transformation from a noble Everyman at the start of the play to a hardened tyrant by the end continues to be a captivating examination of unchecked ambition and the disruptions that may ensue. Anne Yumi Kobori, Resident Artist and Program Manager with SF Shakes directs this Butoh-inspired production.
Macbeth marks the 32nd year of San Francisco Shakespeare Festival’s ‘Shakespeare on Tour’ program, which annually travels an average of 10,000 miles to bring a one-hour version of a Shakespeare classic to community centers, senior centers, parks, and schools (elementary through college) throughout the state. SF Shakes Education Director Phil Lowery comments that “Many people encounter Shakespeare for the first time by reading it in a classroom, but to fully appreciate the wit, the wordplay, the relevance, and the sheer pleasure of the Shakespeare’s work, nothing beats experiencing it with a live performance.”