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By Elizabeth Baumeister

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Shakespeare in the Park will return to Lazybrook Park in Tunkhannock Saturday, June 21 at 7 p.m. with “Double, double toil and trouble; Fire burn, and cauldron bubble.” All are invited to attend and hear the witches chant this memorable quote and many more in Shakespeare’s play “Macbeth.”

This free 80-minute version, using Shakespeare’s original text, will be presented by Gamut Theatre Group, of Harrisburg. All are invited to bring lawn chairs or a blanket to Lazybrook Park in Tunkhannock for a free evening of Shakespeare in the Park.

Harrisburg Shakespeare Company (HSC) of Gamut Theatre Group has been providing a unique and widely praised cultural resource to the Central PA community since 1994. HSC is best known for Free Shakespeare in the Park, which provides critically acclaimed free performances to thousands each summer. HSC produces two main stage shows at Gamut Classic Theatre and tours a Shakespeare work and a collection of Edgar Allan Poe stories annually to high schools, middle schools and colleges. This is the seventh year the Wyoming County Cultural Center at the Dietrich Theater has been able to bring the Harrisburg Shakespeare Company to Tunkhannock, sponsored by the Overlook Estate Foundation.

In the play, Macbeth encounters a trio of witches who chant that one day he will become King of Scotland. Ambition consumes him, and spurred to action by his wife, Macbeth murders King Duncan and takes the throne for himself. He is then wracked with guilt and paranoia, and he soon becomes a tyrannical ruler as he is forced to commit more and more murders to protect himself from enmity and suspicion. The bloodbath and consequent civil war swiftly take Macbeth and Lady Macbeth into the realms of arrogance, madness, and death.

The actors will give a “talkback” at the end of the performance, when playgoers can stay to hear the perspectives and backgrounds of the actors and director, as well as ask questions.

For information or directions, call the Dietrich Theater at 570-996-1500.

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