Classic Shakespeare Play Gets A New Face

by Billy Chandler

A Shakespeare classic returns to the Emory & Henry College stage, but with a special twist.

Emory & Henry College theatre students will perform a production of the famous tragedy of “Macbeth,” from April 12-15 in the McGlothlin Center for the Arts, Kennedy-Reedy Theatre.

The special twist to the performance is the predominantly female cast, with the exception of one male. The actors will perform in cross-gender roles in the story that tells of the corrupt and savage rise to power by the Scottish general Macbeth.

Director Carrie Smith Lewis from the Barter Theatre says the female-heavy casting was not intentional.

“At the auditions, I wasn’t looking to make a statement or anything. I was going to cast whoever best fit these parts, and the women at the audition fulfilled the male character roles,” remarked Lewis. “Additionally, the reason I was able to cast this way and cast the people I did was because they were so hungry to work on a Shakespearean play like ‘Macbeth’.”

Cast members began preparing for the play in January by analyzing the textual and lingual components of “Macbeth.” Following their research and analysis, formal rehearsals started in February.

Amongst the challenges in the production process, the building of sets, costume design and lighting, nothing was more challenging than understanding the textual significance of a renowned playwright. 

“Like anybody doing a Shakespeare play, whether you are professional or amateur, they were all nervous,” noted Lewis. “It seems overwhelming because the language can be seen as archaic and dense. So, it can be quite intimidating, but I think I can confidently say now that they are all Shakespeare lovers.”

Each cast member will remain in the traditional gender roles of the original script. Actresses in male roles are being challenged to find new ways to approach their characters in this unique production.

“They blow me away everyday, their energy and their willingness to learn and adapt. They’re just incredible,” said Lewis. “I’m really excited to see what these amazing women are capable of.”

Performances will take place at 7:30 p.m. on April 12-14. The Sunday matinee will be at 3 p.m. The McGlothlin Center for the Arts is located at 30481 Garnand Drive in Emory, Va.

For more information about the the McGlothlin Center for the Arts visit https://www.emoryhenry.edu/mca/.

“At the auditions, I wasn’t looking to make a statement or anything. I was going to cast whoever best fit these parts, and the women at the audition fulfilled the male character roles.”

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McGlothlin Center for the Arts

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  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/3184-historic-carriger-hall-transformed-emory-henry"><picture class="lw_image"><source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2134/14785_SchoolofBusiness-CarrigerHall0-RibbonCutting_Dedication_10-13-23_296_2.rev.1697818877.webp 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2134/14785_SchoolofBusiness-CarrigerHall0-RibbonCutting_Dedication_10-13-23_296_2.rev.1697818877.webp 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2134/14785_SchoolofBusiness-CarrigerHall0-RibbonCutting_Dedication_10-13-23_296_2.rev.1697818877.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2134/14785_SchoolofBusiness-CarrigerHall0-RibbonCutting_Dedication_10-13-23_296_2.rev.1697818877.jpg 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><img src="/live/image/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2134/14785_SchoolofBusiness-CarrigerHall0-RibbonCutting_Dedication_10-13-23_296_2.rev.1697818877.jpg" alt="Ribbon Cutting for the newly renovated School of Business: E&H Board of Trustees Member George A. Whitley '77, Dr. Emmett P. Tra..." width="345" height="225" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2134/14785_SchoolofBusiness-CarrigerHall0-RibbonCutting_Dedication_10-13-23_296_2.rev.1697818877.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2134/14785_SchoolofBusiness-CarrigerHall0-RibbonCutting_Dedication_10-13-23_296_2.rev.1697818877.jpg 3x" data-max-w="3200" data-max-h="2134" loading="lazy" data-optimized="true"/></picture></a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/3184-historic-carriger-hall-transformed-emory-henry">Historic Carriger Hall Transformed: Emory & Henry College Celebrates the Grand Reopening of the School of Business</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary"><p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Emory & Henry College proudly inaugurated its transformed historic landmark, Carriger Hall, as the new vibrant home of the School of Business in a special ribbon-cutting ceremony held on Friday, October 13, 2023. </span></p><a href="/live/news/3184-historic-carriger-hall-transformed-emory-henry" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>
  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/3117-emory-henry-college-welcomes-largest-amount-of"><picture class="lw_image"><source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/14468_EH-Week-of-Welcome-Orientation-Sessions-August2023_0713.rev.1693339722.webp 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/14468_EH-Week-of-Welcome-Orientation-Sessions-August2023_0713.rev.1693339722.webp 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/14468_EH-Week-of-Welcome-Orientation-Sessions-August2023_0713.rev.1693339722.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/14468_EH-Week-of-Welcome-Orientation-Sessions-August2023_0713.rev.1693339722.jpg 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><img src="/live/image/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/14468_EH-Week-of-Welcome-Orientation-Sessions-August2023_0713.rev.1693339722.jpg" alt="Emory & Henry College climbed to 1,105 residents this fall, the largest number of undergraduate students on the Emory campus since 2004!" width="345" height="225" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/14468_EH-Week-of-Welcome-Orientation-Sessions-August2023_0713.rev.1693339722.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/14468_EH-Week-of-Welcome-Orientation-Sessions-August2023_0713.rev.1693339722.jpg 3x" data-max-w="3200" data-max-h="2133" loading="lazy" data-optimized="true"/></picture></a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/3117-emory-henry-college-welcomes-largest-amount-of">Emory & Henry College Welcomes Largest Amount of Undergraduate Students to its Emory, Virginia Campus Since 2004</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary"><p> The population of Southwest Virginia increased by 1,105 residents this fall with the largest number of undergraduate Emory & Henry College students to attend classes on its Emory campus since 2004, representing a 2.1% increase over the previous year.</p><a href="/live/news/3117-emory-henry-college-welcomes-largest-amount-of" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>
  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/3054-emory-henry-colleges-school-of-health-sciences"><picture class="lw_image"><source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/14314_EH-SHS-Commencement_8-12-23_0724.rev.1691881550.webp 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/14314_EH-SHS-Commencement_8-12-23_0724.rev.1691881550.webp 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/14314_EH-SHS-Commencement_8-12-23_0724.rev.1691881550.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/14314_EH-SHS-Commencement_8-12-23_0724.rev.1691881550.jpg 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><img src="/live/image/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/14314_EH-SHS-Commencement_8-12-23_0724.rev.1691881550.jpg" alt="Emory & Henry School of Health Sciences awarded more than 100 advanced healthcare degrees to students in the Clinical Mental Health C..." width="345" height="225" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/14314_EH-SHS-Commencement_8-12-23_0724.rev.1691881550.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/14314_EH-SHS-Commencement_8-12-23_0724.rev.1691881550.jpg 3x" data-max-w="3200" data-max-h="2133" loading="lazy" data-optimized="true"/></picture></a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/3054-emory-henry-colleges-school-of-health-sciences">Emory & Henry College’s School of Health Sciences Graduates Record-Breaking Class and Two Inaugural Cohorts</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary"><p><span style="font-weight: 400;">On Saturday, August 12, at the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center in Abingdon, Va., 103 students graduated from Emory & Henry College’s School of Health Sciences, marking a milestone of the largest graduating class to date. Additionally, the College celebrated the inaugural cohorts of the Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and the Doctor of Occupational Therapy. Many other students graduated with a Master of Physician Assistant Studies or a Doctorate of Physical Therapy.</span></p><a href="/live/news/3054-emory-henry-colleges-school-of-health-sciences" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>
  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/2974-emory-henry-breaks-ground-on-new-multisport"><picture class="lw_image"><source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/14060_Food-City-EmoryHenry-MultiSportComplex-Groundbreaking-6-26-23_900.rev.1687810362.webp 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/14060_Food-City-EmoryHenry-MultiSportComplex-Groundbreaking-6-26-23_900.rev.1687810362.webp 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/14060_Food-City-EmoryHenry-MultiSportComplex-Groundbreaking-6-26-23_900.rev.1687810362.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/14060_Food-City-EmoryHenry-MultiSportComplex-Groundbreaking-6-26-23_900.rev.1687810362.jpg 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><img src="/live/image/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/14060_Food-City-EmoryHenry-MultiSportComplex-Groundbreaking-6-26-23_900.rev.1687810362.jpg" alt="Emory & Henry Breaks Ground on new MultiSport Complex" width="345" height="225" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/14060_Food-City-EmoryHenry-MultiSportComplex-Groundbreaking-6-26-23_900.rev.1687810362.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/14060_Food-City-EmoryHenry-MultiSportComplex-Groundbreaking-6-26-23_900.rev.1687810362.jpg 3x" data-max-w="3200" data-max-h="2133" loading="lazy" data-optimized="true"/></picture></a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/2974-emory-henry-breaks-ground-on-new-multisport">Emory & Henry Breaks Ground on new MultiSport Complex for the Region Thanks to Generous Lead Gift of $4 Million from Food City</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary"><p> Hundreds of Emory & Henry College students and thousands of middle and high school students will soon be playing sports including lacrosse, track and field and soccer at the new MultiSport Complex at exit 26 just off the I-81 Emory & Henry Education Corridor. Emory & Henry spans facilities from Marion to Bristol in Virginia serving more than 1,400 students. It is estimated that the new complex will be ready for use by fall 2024.</p><a href="/live/news/2974-emory-henry-breaks-ground-on-new-multisport" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>
  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/2765-emory-henry-receives-2-million-gift-from-the"><picture class="lw_image"><source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/13397_Gatton-Foundation-EH-Equestrian-Center-Grand-Arena-Gift_354.rev.1676915660.webp 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/13397_Gatton-Foundation-EH-Equestrian-Center-Grand-Arena-Gift_354.rev.1676915660.webp 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/13397_Gatton-Foundation-EH-Equestrian-Center-Grand-Arena-Gift_354.rev.1676915660.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/13397_Gatton-Foundation-EH-Equestrian-Center-Grand-Arena-Gift_354.rev.1676915660.jpg 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><img src="/live/image/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/13397_Gatton-Foundation-EH-Equestrian-Center-Grand-Arena-Gift_354.rev.1676915660.jpg" alt=" Celebrating the $2 million gift from the Bill Gatton Foundation to Emory and Henry: President John W. Wells; Bill Gatton Foundation Tr..." width="345" height="225" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/13397_Gatton-Foundation-EH-Equestrian-Center-Grand-Arena-Gift_354.rev.1676915660.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/13397_Gatton-Foundation-EH-Equestrian-Center-Grand-Arena-Gift_354.rev.1676915660.jpg 3x" data-max-w="3200" data-max-h="2133" loading="lazy" data-optimized="true"/></picture></a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/2765-emory-henry-receives-2-million-gift-from-the">Emory & Henry Receives $2 Million Gift from The Bill Gatton Foundation to Name the Grand Arena at Future Equestrian Center</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary"><p> The Bill Gatton Foundation, located in Bristol, Tennessee, has donated $2 million to Emory & Henry College to support the construction of its new equestrian center to be located adjacent to the College campus on Interstate 81, at Exit 26. </p><a href="/live/news/2765-emory-henry-receives-2-million-gift-from-the" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>
  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/3483-emory-henry-director-and-professor-granted-a"><picture class="lw_image"><source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/76,0,2208,2133/15758_CelesteGaia-Fulbright_4-12-24_067.rev.1713799830.webp 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/76,0,2208,2133/15758_CelesteGaia-Fulbright_4-12-24_067.rev.1713799830.webp 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/76,0,2208,2133/15758_CelesteGaia-Fulbright_4-12-24_067.rev.1713799830.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/76,0,2208,2133/15758_CelesteGaia-Fulbright_4-12-24_067.rev.1713799830.jpg 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><img src="/live/image/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/76,0,2208,2133/15758_CelesteGaia-Fulbright_4-12-24_067.rev.1713799830.jpg" alt="Celeste Gaia" width="345" height="225" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/76,0,2208,2133/15758_CelesteGaia-Fulbright_4-12-24_067.rev.1713799830.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/76,0,2208,2133/15758_CelesteGaia-Fulbright_4-12-24_067.rev.1713799830.jpg 3x" data-max-w="2132" data-max-h="2133" loading="lazy" data-optimized="true"/></picture></a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/3483-emory-henry-director-and-professor-granted-a">Emory & Henry Director and Professor Granted a Fulbright Award</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary"><p> Gaia Awarded Fulbright Honoring International Education Administrators</p><a href="/live/news/3483-emory-henry-director-and-professor-granted-a" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>