The tragic masterpiece "Macbeth" graces the stage of NWSA

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MIAMI— New World School of the Arts College Theater Division presents Macbeth, William Shakespeare’s shortest and bloodiest tragedy, which has been hailed as one of his most transcendental works. Directed by  James Randolph, the production showcases theater students who are about to receive their BFA degree this year. A timeless play, Randolph notes the relevance to society stating that, “There is a bit of Macbeth in all of us - What makes us humane vs. merely being human is when we do what’s right instead of what’s possible.”
 
The five-day schedule begins on Wednesday, April 8 at 7:30 PM at the Louise O. Gerrits Theater – 25 NE 2nd Street, 8th Floor, downtown Miami. Additional performances will be on April 9, 10, 11 at 7:30 PM and Sunday, April 12 at 2:00 PM. General admission is $12, students and seniors $5. Tickets can be purchased online at http://nwsa.mdc.edu.
 
Randolph’s director’s notes explain, “This play represents a classic reconstruction of opposing forces, a Hero and an Anti-Hero. It is a thriller that shows the darker side on men as a gender, but also shows the failings of human beings. As a humanist playwright, Shakespeare explored the sides of what it means to be human and the concept of avarice and its ill effects on individual.”
 
In spite of its 400+ history, this masterpiece is still relevant in today’s society and thus, finds its significance among the theater teachings of NWSA, “Our technology doesn’t make us better than any other species on the planet; it makes what we do to eachother a bit faster.” “Power struggles in the corporate world often play out when those who run the company are loath to surrender power to the children of the owner.”
 
Macbeth, the central figure in Shakespeare’s play, is portrayed as a heroic Scottish general turned tyrannical king. Fulfilling the prophesy of three macabre witches, who announced that he would hold the highest rank in his kingdom, Macbeth is eventually driven to murder, manipulation and madness during his reign. Consumed by guilt and fear, and fueled by his wife’s relentless thirst for power, Macbeth reigns with an iron fist in order to keep his throne, and rather than justice and honesty, slaughter and fear become the religion by which controls his subjects.
 
About the NWSA Theater program: Theater and music theater students at NWSA hone their craft through acting technique, movement and speech classes, focusing on fundamentals of physical and emotional preparation. With performance at its core, training is based on the classical texts and the principles of drama as well as practical incursions into the contemporary and experimental edges of theater. Consequently, alumni are found performing onstage nationally and internationally and their talent and vision are recognized and highly regarded in the industry. More information about the NWSA Theater division at 305-237-3541. For information about New World School of the Arts please call 305-237-3135.
 
New World School of the Arts was created by the Florida Legislature as a center of excellence in the performing and visual arts. It is an educational partnership of Miami-Dade County Public Schools, MiamiDade College and the University of Florida.