Terence Knapp recreates Macbeth at the annual bash.

Murder and
madness at UH

By Jason Genegabus

The Bard's birthday will be celebrated at the University of Hawaii Ernst Lab Theatre with "Witchcraft, Murder and Madness: A Celebration for William Shakespeare's Birthday."

Terence Knapp will star as Macbeth in the 33rd annual birthday bash taking place at 6 p.m. Sunday. The event is free, but donations to support the student scholarship fund will be accepted.

UH professor Elizabeth Wichmann-Walczak will play the role of Lady Macbeth in this special celebration, during which the actors will explore the effects ambition and murder have on a marital relationship as the audience experiences the strain of guilt, nightmares and insanity, demonstrating that this play of witchcraft, ghosts and magic is essentially about two people.

Wichmann-Walczak primarily is known for being the first non-Chinese person to perform Jingju (Beijing/Peking opera) in the People's Republic of China. The last time Knapp and Wichman-Walczak performed together on stage was in the 1974 production of "The Scarlet Princess of Edo" which won an award at the American College Theatre Festival.

Knapp has been a Shakespeare aficionado since the age of 13, when he played Lady Macbeth in his grammar school production. Since then he has directed more than 20 of Shakespeare's plays and acted in at least two-thirds of the Shakespearean canon.

For more information, including information on access for the disabled, call the Kennedy Theatre Box Office at 956-7655.

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