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Macbeth’s witches to stir their brew at Johnson Park

— A dark cave. In the middle, a caldron boiling. Thunder.

Double, double toil and trouble;

Fire burn, and caldron bubble

That Bill Shakespeare certainly had a way with words!

The Liverpool Is The Place Committee apparently has a soft spot for The Bard. The committee, which brings you two dozen free concerts every summer at Johnson Park, is trying something new this year.

At 7 p.m. on Fathers’ Day, Sunday, June 16, LITP has engaged Syracuse’s Redhouse Arts Center to present a one-hour adapted version of Shakespeare’s tragedy, “Macbeth,” at Johnson Park. The performance is designed for all ages, and admission is free.

Considered one of Shakespeare’s darkest tragedies, “Macbeth” was originally staged circa 1607 in London. Set in Scotland, the action boils over with blood and betrayal as Lord Macbeth kills his king to fulfill his own lust for power. Wracked with guilt, Lady Macbeth leads her lord down a maelstrom of madness and death.

The Redhouse adaptation is a 60-minute show featuring six performers playing all the roles, blending inventive physicality, evocative design and original text to tell the tale of greed and ambition. Set in a 20th-century militaristic society, this accessible version will appeal to audiences new to “Macbeth” as well as those well-acquainted with the renowned tragedy.

The cast features Redhouse regulars Laura Austin as Lady Macbeth and John Bixler as Macbeth, along with Brian Detlefs and Allie Villa. New York City actor Will Graziano and local newcomer Tyler Spicer complete the cast. The show is directed and adapted by Stephen Svoboda, who retains his ties to the Adirondack Lakes Summer Theatre Festival, which supports the Redhouse’s community outreach programs.

“Macbeth” is being sponsored here in Liverpool by the White Water Pub, 110 S. Willow St., at by the Baldwinsville Theatre Guild, which will stage its summer muisical, “The Wizard of Oz,” July 25 through Aug. 4, at the Presbyterian Education Center in B’ville.

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