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Act I scene i: Three witches [Vanessa Elder, Esther Williamson, Andrea Coleman] are harvesting body parts from a dead soldier, [Jonathan Thornsberry] while they wait for the great Scots general Macbeth.  (Photo: Michelle DeBlasi)

Act I scene iii: Transforming themselves into beautiful young women the Witches tell Macbeth that he will become the Thane of Cawdor, and the King. "All hail Macbeth, that shall be King hereafter." [Esther Williamson], (L);  [James Beaman] (C); and [Andrea Coleman] (R).  (photo: Michelle DeBlasi)

Act I scene iii: Macbeth's friend and colleague Banquo [Jim Jack] (L), warns Macbeth [James Beaman] (R), "...oftentimes, to win us to our harm,/The instruments of darkness tell us truths,/Win us with honest trifles, to betray's/In deepest consequence."

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Act I scene iv: King Duncan [Joseph Small], lovingly greets Macbeth [James Beaman]: "Would thou hadst less deserved,/That the proportion both of thanks, and payment, /Might have been mine; only I have left to say,

/More is thy due, than more than all can pay."

Pictured (L-R) Nicholas Stannard [Captain], James Beaman [Macbeth]; Joseph Small [Duncan]; Peter Herrick [Lennox]; and Peter Richards [Malcolm].

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Act I scene iv: King Duncan [Joseph Small] publicly proclaims that his son Malcolm [Peter Richards], will be the next King.

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Act I scene v: Lady Macbeth [Susanna Harris] receives a letter from her husband telling her of the witches prophesy, and calls on supernatural powers to assist her in overcoming any inconvenient scruples that Macbeth may have. "Come, you spirits/That tend on mortal thoughts, unsex me here,/And fill me from the crown to the toe, top-full/Of direst cruelty."

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Act I scene v: When Macbeth [James Beaman] tells his wife [Susanna Harris] that King Duncan is coming to their palace she proposes that they kill him that night. "to beguile the time,/Look like the time, bear welcome in your eye,/Your hand, your tongue-- look like th'innocent flower,/But be the serpent under't. He that's coming must be provided for; and you shall put/This night's great business into my dispatch,/Which shall to all our nights and days to come/give solely sovereign sway and masterdom."  (Photo: Al Foote III)

Act I scene vi: Lady Macbeth, the perfect hostess, welcomes the King into her home. Duncan: "Give me your hand,/Conduct me to mine host; we love him highly,/And shall continue our graces towards him."

Joseph Small [Duncan], Lady MAcbeth [Susanna Harris]

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Act I scene vii: Macbeth decides that he cannot kill Duncan, his sovereign, his guest, and his friend. "We will proceed no further in this business."

Macbeth [James Beaman]; Lady Macbeth [Susanna Harris]

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Act I scene vii: Lady Macbeth, by turns bullying and cajoling, restores her husband's murderous intent. "Was the hope drunk/Wherein you dressed yourself? Hath it slept since?/And wakes it now to look so green, and pale,/At what it did so freely? From this time,/Such I account thy love." "But screw your courage to the sticking place,/And we'll not fail." Macbeth: "I am settled, and bend u/Each corporal agent to this terrible feat."

James Beaman [Macbeth]; Susanna Harris [Lady Macbeth]

Act II scene i: Macbeth [James Beaman] sees a dagger pointing the way to the sleeping Duncan. "Is this a dagger which I see before me,/The handle toward my hand? Come, let me clutch thee."

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Act II scene ii: After the murder: "What hands are here? Ha, they pluck out mine eyes./Will all great Neptune's ocean wash this blood/Clean from my hand? No-- this my hand will rather/The multitudinous seas incarnadine,/Making the green one red."

Macbeth [James Beaman]

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Act II scene ii: Lady Macbeth has to return the bloody knives after Macbeth's rising panic stops him from going: "I'll go no more:/I am afraid to think what I have done;/

Look on it I dare not." Lady Macbeth: "Infirm of purpose;/Give me the daggers. The sleeping, and the dead,/Are but as pictures..." 

Macbeth [James Beaman]; Lady Macbeth [Susanna Harris]

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Act II scene iii: The castle's drunken Porter [Ian Gould], at last roused from a soused sleep by dint of repeated knocking, admits and attempts to entertain the Thains Lennox [Peter Herrick] and Macduff [Paul Edward Hope], who have come to awaken Duncan.

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Act III scene i: Duncan's treacherous murder horrifies the court. Malcolm flees, lest he too be killed, or accused. The Thaines elect the war hero Macbeth to be the next king, but his suspicious imagination torments him. "To be thus is nothing,/But to be safely thus." He remembers that the Witches, when they hailed him as king, also predicted that Banquo's descendants would reign after him, an contracts the murder of Banquo.

Macbeth [James Beaman]

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Act III scene ii: Lady Macbeth, once her husband's essential partner, is less and less in his confidence. "Nought's had, all's spent,/When our desire is got without content;/'Tis safer to be that which we destroy,/Than by destruction dwell in doubtful joy."

Lady Macbeth [Susanna Harris]

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Act III scene ii: She tries to draw out her husband: "Gentle my lord, sleek o'er your rugged looks./Be bright and jovial among your guests tonight." Macbeth: "So shall I, love, and so I pray be you:/Let your remembrance apply to Banquo."

Macbeth [James Beaman]; Lady Macbeth [Susanna Harris]

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Act III scene iv: The Thaines Caithness [Jonathan R. Thornsberry] and Lennox [Peter Herrick], fearful for themselves and for Scotland as Macbeth becomes progressively and savagely unhinged, carefully exchange information about possible resistance. Lennox: "I hear/Macduff lives in disgrace. Sir, can you tell me where he bestows himself?" Caithness: "The son of Duncan,/From whom this tyrant holds the due of birth,/Lives in the English court...Thither Macduff/Is gone, to pray the holy king upon his aid." 

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Act IV scene i: Macbeth returns to the Witches, demanding information: "How now, you secret, black, and midnight hags?/I conjure you, by that which you profess,/Howe'er you come to know it, answer me." Led by the goddess of the moon, Hecate (Miriam Lipner), they tell him to beware Macduff, but not to fear, because he cannot be harmed by a man born of woman, or until Birnam Wood

uproots itself and marches against him.

Hecate [Miriam Lipner]; First Witch [Andrea Coleman]; Second Witch [Esther Williamson]; Third Witch [Vanessa Elder]; Macbeth [James Beaman]

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Act IV scene iii: Macduff [Paul Edward Hope], at the English court, implores Malcolm [Peter Richards] to return to his suffering country. Malcolm: "Let us seek out some desolate shade, and there/Weep our sad bosoms empty." Macduff: "Let us rather/Hold fast the mortal sword-- and like good men,/Bestride our downfall birthdom..."

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Act IV scene iii: The Thaine of Ross [Patricia McNamara] comes to England to personally tell Macduff [Paul Edward Hope] and Malcolm [Peter Richards] that Macbeth, taking advantage of Macduff's absence, has slaughted his entire family, "Wife, children, servants, all/That could be found."

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Act IV scene iii: Macduff [Paul Edward Hope]: "front to front/Bring thou this fiend of Scotland and myself,/Within my sword's length set him-- if he scape,

/Heaven forgive him too."

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Act V scene i: Lady Macbeth [Susanna Harris], estranged from her husband, wandering in madness, walks through the castle nightly. "Yet here's a spot. Out damned spot-- out I say."

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Act V scene i: Lady Macbeth [Susanna Harris]: "Wash your hands, put on your nightgown, look not so pale: I tell you yet again Banquo's buried: he cannot come out on's grave."

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Act V scene iii: Macbeth [James Beaman] confronts Lady Macbeth's doctor [Joseph Small]: "How does your patient, doctor?" Doctor: "Not so sick, my lord,/As she is troubled with sick-coming fancies/That keep her from her rest."

Macbeth: "Cure her of that.  Cans't thou not minister to a mind diseased?"

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Act V scene v: Seyton, Macbeth's servant informs his master of the fate of the Queen: "The Queen, my lord, is dead." Macbeth: "She should have died hereafter;/There would have been a time for such a word--/Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow,/Creeps in this petty pace from day to day,/To the last syllable of recorded time;/And all our yesterdays have lighted fools

/The way to dusty death."

Macbeth [James Beaman]; Seyton [Ian Gould]

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Act V scene vi: Malcolm [Peter Richards] returns, advances his forces on Macbeth's castle camouflaged by foliage cut from Birnam Wood: "Now near enough: your leafy screens throw down,/And show like those you are." Macduff: "Make all out trumpets speak, give them all breath,/Those clamorous harbingers of blood,and death."

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Act V scene viii: Macduff [Paul Edward Hope] confronts Macbeth [James Beaman]: "Turn hell-hound, turn."

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Act V scene viii: "Of all men else I have avoided thee;/But get thee back, my soul is too much charged/With blood of thine already./...I bear a charmed life, which must not yield/To one of woman born."

James Beaman [Macbeth]

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Act V scene viii: "Despair thy charm,/And let the angel whom thou still hast served/Tell thee, Macduff was from his mother's womb/Untimely ripped."

Paul Edward Hope [Macduff]

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Act V scene viii: Macduff kills Macbeth, Malcolm is acclaimed King of Scotland: "What's more to do...by the grace of Grace/We will perform in measure, time, and place:/So thanks to all at once, and to each one,/Whom we invite to see us crowned in Scone."  Peter Richards [Malcolm]

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