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Ventura County Star from Ventura, California • Page 56

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1 od troubll 3 Shakespeare plagues the start of 13th annual festival A U1 HI VmtQnpnmawkmpmn OonipifyvNpfviirthi ptoyaspartafthtiahanniMl BY AUCtA DOYLE Cormpondtnt In his current production of what ia considered Shakespeare unluck ieat play director Michael Aradt lost two acton before the first rehearaal the lead actor to a detached retina and another cast member to a Hollywood production One week before opening night another actor suffered broken bones from a fall and is no longer in the 8 1 I 0 0 A ui 0 I -I 3 jj pun today trough 8undn Thunder trough Jidy 5 fio show July 4J and July 10-12 t' ThsfssM grounds opsn 1' at pja tor picricldng i-i andwsndsring magicians and )ugglsrsbs0neat0D45pjnAI pvtamnotiimkiNngaiiin tafcatCSMomisLutisran Unhung 00 WOlMnRoad Thousand 'OUcs Qsnsral 1 admission Is tia and tvs far i youths undarURassnsd lawn boa seating Is SOQ to 4B2-tW5onWlhfrpJhssw -r The second show In fwlssM I IsYBrsVWThstEndsWSI" wShpsrtonnsnoss at Spun July 17-19 24-28 31 andAug1-2 5" 4 1 "Shakespeare used many of the themes of in and a recently uncovered assassination plot to create a story that hia king would The play was first performed before the king in 1606 The story goes that Hal Berredge the young -actor playing Lady Macbeth 0n those days men took on roles) collapsed with fever and died in rehearsal and that Shakespeare himself stepped in to assume the role "King James was so frightened by the seeming reality of the curses that he banned the play from production for five Arndt said i A legendary "curse maintains that misfortune accompanies any production of William Shakespeare and it is therefore very dangerous to utter the name of the Bard's cursed tragedy inside a said Arndt artistic director of the Kingsmen Shakespeare Company "Several fond nicknames have evolved as a result" Arndt said such as That Flay The Bard's Flay The Glamis Comedy The Scottish Business' and moat popular The Scottish Since 13 is the unhiddest of numbers the Kingsmen Shakespeare Company decided to confront Lady Luck head on by kiddng off its- 13th season with in Kingsmen Park at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks A long history of disastrous events is associated with the production starting with the first Lady Macbeth collapsing from a fever and dying But let's go back to the beginning: Shakespeare wrote in part to please his recently crowned king Janies who was both fascinated and terrified by the notion and DsraliMaitins to MwcOuff In the oouumsv or shun stktmm Company Rlchwrd BsIrdQsfl) plays Mscbslh production ot "Macbeth" Of witchcraft James author of the King James version of the Bible also wrote a treatise on sorcery and devil worship "The early 17th century was alive with a hysteria regarding witchcraft and the influences of devil worship" Arndt said 20 IfiftNM

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