Sound and Fury PM&L Actors Say Emotions Make 'Macbeth' Timeless

By Scalf, Abby | Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL), February 3, 2005 | Go to article overview
Save to active project

Sound and Fury PM&L Actors Say Emotions Make 'Macbeth' Timeless

Scalf, Abby, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)

Byline: Abby Scalf Daily Herald Staff Writer

Combine ghosts, murders and sword fights with the memorable English language written by William Shakespeare.

The PM&L Theatre will bring a Shakespeare classic to stage as they open "Macbeth" Friday at the Antioch theater.

Director Fran Jansta said the show is appealing because actors love to do Shakespeare.

Chuck Lindas, who plays Macbeth, said the emotions and motivations of the characters are universal. Emotions like greed, not fully thinking out ramifications of decisions and digging yourself in worse are actions still relevant today. That's why this is still being performed 400 years later.

"It's a chance to play one of the four greatest roles in the English language," said Lindas, who lives in Kenosha, Wis.

Set in mid-11th century, Jansta said there are many ways where Macbeth appeals to an audience.

Although Macbeth is the lead, Lady Macbeth also is a strong character. Some like the witchcraft appeal, the mystical element common in Shakespeare plays. Usually it is more whimsical, featuring fairies, but Macbeth is dark, Jansta said.

Donna Abear of Antioch, who after performing 22 years on stage, never wanted to do a Shakespeare play. But she became intrigued by the witches. Then after reading the script she became more intrigued by Lady Macbeth, whom she will play in the Antioch production.

Although Jansta has not changed the language or other classic elements of the play, he has introduced new features. One is looking at the relationship between Macbeth and Lady Macbeth in a modern way.

"Lady Macbeth pushes him around, yells at him. I can't help but think, Why are these two people together?

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Sign up now for a free, 1-day trial and receive full access to:

  • Questia's entire collection
  • Automatic bibliography creation
  • More helpful research tools like notes, citations, and highlights
  • Ad-free environment

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
Loading One moment ...
Project items
Cite this article

Cited article

Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

Cited article

Sound and Fury PM&L Actors Say Emotions Make 'Macbeth' Timeless


Text size Smaller Larger
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

While we understand printed pages are helpful to our users, this limitation is necessary to help protect our publishers' copyrighted material and prevent its unlawful distribution. We are sorry for any inconvenience.
Full screen

matching results for page

Cited passage

Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

Cited passage

Welcome to the new Questia Reader

The Questia Reader has been updated to provide you with an even better online reading experience.  It is now 100% Responsive, which means you can read our books and articles on any sized device you wish.  All of your favorite tools like notes, highlights, and citations are still here, but the way you select text has been updated to be easier to use, especially on touchscreen devices.  Here's how:

1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
2. Click or tap the last word you want to select.

OK, got it!

Thanks for trying Questia!

Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

For full access in an ad-free environment, sign up now for a FREE, 1-day trial.

Already a member? Log in now.

Are you sure you want to delete this highlight?