Short Shakespeare!


January 22

March 5, 2011

in CST's Courtyard Theater

by William Shakespeare
adapted and directed by David H. Bell

Clever fun...with enough intensity to satisfy those encountering the play for the first time

Chicago Tribune


The Play

A perfect introduction to the Bard—for audiences of all ages! Experience the thrill and excitement of Macbeth in this 75-minute abridged production. The Bard’s language comes alive in a theatrical percussive world of swords, sound and the supernatural. Following each performance, audiences are welcome to join the cast for a post-show discussion.



Video: Short Shakespeare! Macbeth Design Presentation

Short Shakespeare! Macbeth

Video: Director David H. Bell on Short Shakespeare! Macbeth


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Playgoer's Guide

Plot synopsis of Short Shakespeare! Macbeth.
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Act-by-act synopsis of Macbeth.
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The Powers of Darkness: A Scholar's Perspective

Scholar David Bevington on the evil in Macbeth.
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The Players

Creative Team

David H. Bell Director

Scott Davis Scenic Design

Ana Kuzmanic Costume Design

Jeremy W. Floyd Associate Costume Design

Lee Keenan Lighting Design

James Savage Sound Design

Ethan Deppe Percussionist/Composer

Melissa Veal Wig Design

David Turrentine Verse Coach


Bernard Balbot Porter

Lynn Robert Berg Duncan

Lesley Bevan Lady Macbeth

Ethan Deppe Percussionist/Ensemble

Nicholas Harazin Malcolm

Ben Huth Murderer 1

Mike McNamara Banquo

Mark L. Montgomery Macbeth

Eric Parks Ross/Witch 3

Patrick Sarb Macduff

Dorcas Sowunmi Lady Macduff/Witch 1

Glenn Stanton Murderer 2

Andy Truschinski Angus/Witch 2

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