Short Shakespeare!



February 16

March 16, 2019

in CST’s Courtyard Theater

Touring Chicago schools through April 12
by William Shakespeare
adapted & directed by Marti Lyons

A directorial and acting masterclass....will have you embracing imagination


A not to be missed visual feast….the talented actors and luxurious production values make this a treat


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The Play

One of the most powerful plays in Shakespeare’s canon comes alive in this 75-minute abridged production. Driven by the desire for power, Macbeth struggles with his conscience and chooses a tragic path. Adapted and directed by Marti Lyons—who is quickly becoming one of the most sought-after directors in American theater—it will be performed for more than 30,000 students during weekday Team Shakespeare matinees, with public performances on Saturdays, making Shakespeare accessible for audiences of all ages. After the performance, the actors remain on stage for a question-and-answer session, and then join the audience in the Lobby for informal conversations and photos. This production will most be enjoyed by those ages 10 and up.



Gallery: The Short Shakespeare! Experience

Gallery: Short Shakespeare! Macbeth

Video: “I’m excited to see what it becomes”


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Critical Acclaim

Picture this Post raves, “A 75-minute event of non-stop theatrical excitement”.
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The Story

The three Weird Sisters await Macbeth and Banquo as the two warriors return home, greeting the men with strange prophecies.
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What are your favorite lines?

We asked the cast of Short Shakespeare! Macbeth which lines in the show resonate most strongly for them.
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The Players

Creative Team

Marti Lyons Adapter/Director

Scott Davis Scenic Designer

Mieka van der Ploeg Costume Designer

Paul Toben Lighting Designer

Mikhail Fiksel Sound Designer

Richard Jarvie Hair and Make-up Designer

 Fight Choreographer

Erin Kilmurray Choreographer

Larry Yando Verse Coach

Laura Durham Casting

Jerrell L. Henderson Assistant Director


Amir Abdullah Macbeth

Ninos Baba Malcolm/Fleance

Caroline Chu Weyard Sister

Yao Dogbe Macduff

Ty Fanning Lennox

Emma Ladji Weyard Sister

Eric Parks Banquo/Seyton

Cage Sebastian Pierre Ross

Sadieh Rifai Porter/Murderer

Tiffany Scott Lady Macbeth

Leslie Ann Sheppard Lady Macduff/Doctor

Caitlan Taylor Weyard Sister

Kevin Theis Duncan/Murderer/Siward

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