Steuben READ Express’ Macbeths series brings double, double toil and trouble to campus


Is this multiple Macbeths which I see before me?

Steuben READ Express, a community reading and seeing project sponsored by the Humanities Institute, kicks off this month with a number of events related to Shakespeare’s tragedy Macbeth. The biannual reading program is focusing on Shakespeare this year to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the Bard’s death. Three events will examine how graphic novelists, filmmakers and theatrical directors have drawn inspiration from Shakespeare’s play as they added their own voice to the story.

This year, the committee drew on the expertise of local English teachers Joyce Dirig (Fremont High School) and Leslie Lantz (Angola High School) to plan the events. Humanities Institute member and HAC professor Justin Young said, “I’m really pleased with the developing partnership between our local high schools and the humanities at Trine. We enjoyed having both Fremont and Angola at the HAC Cup and appreciate their continued willingness to work with us.”

Mixed panel discussion of two quite different Macbeths
Monday, October 24
Fabiani Theater, 4 pm

One version is a graphic novel by Gareth Hinds; the other is an example of Manga, a Japanese cartooning style. Fremont and Angola High School students will be joined by history professor Mike Biegas and Dr. Allen Hersel, a chemical engineer and the current Vice President of Academic Affairs for Trine University to discuss their impressions of the two works.

All three of the visiting Fremont students recently placed highly in the recent Trine HAC Cup. Lea Belcher and Madison Jackson took first and second place, respectively, in the Grammar and Vocabulary competition, while Thayne Camp placed third in Impromptu Speaking. The Angola contingent includes Mason Macknick, Maggie Murphy and Camden Shields.

Macbeth (2015)
Starring: Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard Director: Justin Kurzel
Monday, November 7
Fabiani Theater, 7pm

At the end of its premiere at the Cannes Film Festival, the film received a 10-minute standing ovation. It is a powerful rendition of murderous ambition and its consequences: crime and punishment. Cinematographer Adam Arkapaw delivers “a powerful visceral statement in which imagery and music almost overshadow the dialogue” (Keller).

Macbeth: The Story of the Witches
Thursday-Saturday, November 10-12
Taylor Hall’s Wells Theater, 7pm

Trine’s Drama Club presents Shakespeare’s tale with significant narration by the witches that explains the story and scenes from the play. In Shakespeare’s play, fresh from victorious battle with Norway, Macbeth is promised by the witches that he will become king. After his brief struggle of honor versus ambition, his wife helps him take the steps necessary to fulfill his destiny—killing the king. However, that ambition quickly turns into a tide of murder designed to keep Macbeth on the throne.


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