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TU students to present ‘One Word Macbeth’ April 11

Thomas University’s Theatre students will present a new version of a Shakespeare classic when they perform “One Word Macbeth” at 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 11, in the Flowers Foods Executive Classroom inside Smith-Bonvillian Hall on TU’s Forbes Campus.

“I love Shakespeare and finding one-act versions of his work has always proven to be entertaining to our audiences,” said Lisa Mitchell, Assistant Professor of Speech and Theatre, who directed the play.

The fast-moving show delivers Shakespeare’s tragedy “Macbeth” by having each character speak only one word at a time. Mitchell describes it as an extremely condensed version of Shakespeare. Even with the new format, the play still includes all the witches, sword fights and murderous plots of the original.

“At first, the students felt that memorizing just one word would be easy,” Mitchell said. “However, they have realized that making that one word embody all the emotions that would normally happen in several lines of dialogue is anything but easy. I am thrilled they have risen to the challenge.”

“One Word Macbeth” is open to the public. There is no admission charge. The performance is part of Arts for the Community at Thomas University (ACTU).

“I hope everyone – whether they are familiar with the original ‘Macbeth’ or not – will enjoy this parody,” Mitchell said. “While it has so many funny moments, it also keeps some of the eerie quality of its namesake. Most of the human experiences are present: love, hate, jealousy, ambition, envy, loyalty, revenge. This less than 60-minute production packs quite a punch.”

For more information, call 229-227-6964 or email


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