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Shakespeare Meets ‘Star Wars’ in ‘MacSith’

“Geeks love Star Wars, and Shakespeare is universal. Orion Couling adapted the script and decided the Shakespeare-Star Wars integration works great.” — Mike Sheldon

Shakespeare meets “Star Wars” — complete with light sabers and Jedi robes—in Edge Professional Theatre’s production of “MacSith.”

The play, which reimagines the story of Macbeth in a “Star Wars” universe, will be performed at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6 in the Remick Heritage Center at Alma College.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for seniors 62 and up, and free for Alma College staff, students and youth 18 and under. Seating is reserved. Call (989) 463-7304 for ticket information.

Nearly 40 actors present the story of Mon Beth’s lust for power on the civil war-torn planet of Cumber. The “Star Wars”/Shakespeare mash up is not a parody or farce; it remains true to Shakespeare’s original work.

“Geeks love ‘Star Wars,’ and Shakespeare is universal,” says Mike Sheldon, production coordinator and instructor of theatre and dance. “Orion Couling adapted the script and decided the Shakespeare-‘Star Wars’ integration works great.”

The show has been running in Chicago periodically for two years. The company also has performed “MacSith” at Comic-Con, the annual pop culture gathering in San Diego that attracts more than 125,000 comic book, movie and television fans.

“Edge Theatre is a great company,” says Sheldon. “It does a lot of wonderful programs in Chicago, such as musicals with special needs students. I’m hopeful that the company will coordinate educational workshops with AlmaCon, our student organization, like teaching light saber fighting or zombie defense.”

Sheldon says the play’s theatrical combat “is amazing and powerful.” He looks forward to working with Couling, whom he went to graduate school with, and seeing him succeed.

“He’s a great director and wonderful artist,” says Sheldon. “This production is an experience that you really can’t get anywhere outside of Chicago.”

Story published on January 21, 2016