Press release ~ Macbeth at Contemporary Theater Company ~ Wakefield

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WAKEFIELD – Double, double toil and trouble: Shakespeare’s spooky tragedy, Macbeth, is coming to the Contemporary Theater Company just in time for Halloween, running October 14 through November 12.

After tackling Comedy of Errors and Antony and Cleopatra this summer in the company’s new patio performance series Shakespeare on the Saugatucket, the Bard takes center stage in the Contemporary Theater Company’s fall mainstage play, Macbeth.

Macbeth is one of the most renowned plays in the English language for a reason,” says the production’s director, Stephen Strenio. “There's enough blood, guts, and witchcraft for a proper Halloween party, and a gripping exploration of the consequences of betrayal and murder to boot.”

Artistic Director Christopher J Simpson returns to the stage as Macbeth himself. The tale follows the descent of the Macbeths as they follow their greed and ambition along a murderous trail laid by the famous witches.

“Briskly paced, this action-packed play leaps into the hell-on-earth opened by the Macbeths' struggle for immediate power, consequences, morality, and Scotland be damned,” says Strenio.

In the Contemporary Theater Company’s production, the Witches play several characters, creating the feeling that supernatural forces are pulling the strings throughout the play to lead the Macbeths to their downfall.

“The magical elements are particularly important in our production,” says stage manager Maggie Cady. “The Witches are much more than oracles – they are controlling the course of the Macbeths lives.”

This dark and fascinating play is the perfect Halloween treat this season.

Tickets and more information about the company are available online at www.contemporarytheatercompany.com  or by calling 401-218-0282.

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Calendar Listings
Micetro Improv
Every Friday at 9:30 pm
Our troupe of improvisers make up scenes and songs on-the-spot. It’s fun, it’s real, and every performance is truly unique! The players vie for your vote to be the Micetro Champion and win the coveted Bucci Helmet!
Tickets: $8, Box Office: 401-218-0282, Website: http://contemporarytheatercompany.com , Email: info@thecontemporarytheater.com, The Contemporary Theater Company, 327 Main Street, Wakefield, RI 02879

Wild Card Improv
Every Saturday at 9:30 pm
Celebrate all of the wonderful things that improv offers with a rotating set of shows – house troupes Bait & Switch and WilburWilburNealbur, Gorilla Improv (sister format to Micetro), and More or Less, where you get the improv you deserve! Every week is something different, and you’ll never get tired of these exciting shows!
Tickets: $5, Box Office: 401-218-0282, Website: http://contemporarytheatercompany.com , Email: info@thecontemporarytheater.com, The Contemporary Theater Company, 327 Main Street, Wakefield, RI 02879

Macbeth by William Shakespeare
Oct 14-15, 21-22, 29, Nov 3- 5, 10-12 at 7 pm, Oct 30, Nov 6 at 2 pm
“Double, double, toil and trouble; Fire burn, and cauldron bubble.” One of Shakespeare’s greatest tragedies, Macbeth is a classic tale of greed, power, and guilt that weighs on the soul. This gripping play, full of some of Shakespeare’s greatest language and characters, collides the supernatural and a world of kings and traitors for a night of beauty and destruction.
Tickets: Adult - $25, Student - $15, Thursdays are Pay-What-You-Can ($18 in advance), Sundays are Senior Day with Seniors - $18 Box Office: 401-218-0282, Website: http://contemporarytheatercompany.com , Email: info@thecontemporarytheater.com, The Contemporary Theater Company, 327 Main Street, Wakefield, RI 02879

The 7th Annual Masquerade Gala
Nov 4 at 7 pm at the Towers in Narragansett
Our annual gala is the party of the year! With food from local restaurants, a cash bar, exciting raffles, table magic, and live music, the Masquerade is a joyful celebration. Don a mask and dress up or sport something more casual – have fun!
Tickets: $40 Box Office: 401-218-0282, Website: http://contemporarytheatercompany.com , Email: info@thecontemporarytheater.com, The Towers, 35 Ocean Rd, Narragansett, RI 02882

An Evening with Donner and Blitzen by Andy Hoover with original music by Brandon Michael Lowden
Dec 2-3, 9-10, 15-17, 23 at 7 pm, Dec 18, 24 at 2 pm
‘Tis the season to be jolly and the variety act “Donner and Blitzen” are together for their annual show! Following this hilarious pair across years of gigs, you’ll experience the joys, the tears, and the Christmas cheers!
Tickets: Adult - $25, Student - $15, Thursdays are Pay-What-You-Can ($18 in advance), Sundays are Senior Day with Seniors - $18 Box Office: 401-218-0282, Website: http://contemporarytheatercompany.com , Email: info@thecontemporarytheater.com, The Contemporary Theater Company, 327 Main Street, Wakefield, RI 02879

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