Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

October 4, 2012

Something modern this way comes : College offers contemporary Macbeth

The Andover Townsman

---- — A contemporary production of Shakespeare’s Macbeth will be performed at Merrimack College’s Rogers Center for the Arts Oct. 11 to 13. Set in the current day but presented in the original language, “this Macbeth is a dark look at the psychology of ambition and madness,” according to the college.

Adapted for the stage by the Genesius Project under the direction of Fr. Richard J. Piatt, O.S.A. and Claire Kinton ‘12, “this contemporary version of Macbeth asks what happens in a digital age where our ‘king,’” the so-called king-makers (the media) and the population itself suffer from an increasing paranoia about enemies real and imagined, foreign and homegrown,” according to a release from the school. “Unlike any other version of Macbeth you will see, Fr. Rick’s vision and modern take on current socio and political issues eerily pairs perfectly with the plot and original objective of the play.”

“While violence abounds in this play, the real horror is the realization of the seeds of destruction we are able to plant, and the full blown evils we are capable of perpetrating,” Fr. Piatt said in the release.

The production features a cast of students, alumni and associate actors for Merrimack Theatre and is co-produced by the Onstagers, Merrimack’s student drama organization, and the Department of Visual and Performing Arts.

An opening night reception will follow on campus where over-21 ticket holders can pick up a Macbeth scotch glass (while supplies last) and partake in a single malt scotch tasting.

The school warns parents that the production contains images of graphic violence and is not considered appropriate for children under 15. The play is approximately 90 minutes long with no intermission.

Macbeth can be seen Oct. 111, 12 and 13 at 7:30 p.m. each night at the Rogers Center for the Arts, Merrimack College, 315 Turnpike St., North Andover. Tickets are $15 and available online at or by calling the box office at 978-837-5355.