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Imagine a tragic tale about the physical and psychological toll of political ambition and power-mongering. Does that sound eerily current or quaintly historic? Or is it simply that the themes of Shakespeare’s classic “Scottish Play” remain eminently applicable after 400-plus years? Palace intrigue and shocking betrayals are nothing new. However, the highly regarded Aquila Theatre will make the relevance surprisingly fresh with their creative vision of this classic. Having toured nationwide for decades, Aquila continues to earn recognition, as famed producer and playwright Lin-Manuel Miranda recently invited them to celebrate the National Endowment for the Arts in the U.S. Capitol. This electrifying rendition of Macbeth is keenly aware that a certain sound and fury persists.

This performance is part of a collaboration with the Cornerstone Integrated Liberal Arts Curriculum to present a two-production residency with Aquila Theatre Company—featuring The Great Gatsby and Macbeth. Following engagements in prior seasons with productions of Frankenstein, The Odyssey and 1984, Convocations will again engender deep curricular engagement across campus for students in the Cornerstone program. Faculty across all disciplines, however, are also invited to connect to these works for your students. For more information, contact


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