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The Scottish play on outdoor stage at Stanislaus
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Chicago-based actor Daniel Gately stars in CSU Stanislaus' current production of "Macbeth," along with Helen Brinich-Barnes as Lady Macbeth. - photo by Photo courtesy of CSU Stanislaus Department of Theatre

California State University, Stanislaus' production of “Macbeth” by William Shakespeare opened Tuesday and will run through May 5, with free admission to students and the public. 

The gates will open at 6:30 p.m. in the outdoor amphitheatre and pre-show entertainment starts at 7:30 p.m.  The play will start at around 8:30 p.m. each night.

The play is directed by CSU Stanislaus Professor of Theatre Jere O’Donnell with special guest, Chicago-based professional actor Daniel Gately playing Macbeth. 

The play will be held in the open-air amphitheater where guests are encouraged to bring low back chairs and blankets.

“I think it’s awesome and it’s going to be a great experience, not many people get to come to a Shakespeare play for free,” said CSUS student Dustin Baisdon.

"Macbeth" is a supernatural tale of a Scottish lord's lust for power and its repercussions.

The play is filled with more twists, turns, betrayal and death following the tragic rise and downfall of Macbeth.

“I’ve heard that this play was good, but I’ve never had a chance to see it,” Baisdon said. “But now that I do, and for free, I’m definitely going.” 

Admission and parking is free for all guests who park in Lot 3. 

For more information, contact the CSU Stanislaus Department of Theatre at 667-3451.