Wednesday, March 30, 2011

In the Wings: Macbeth. Meet Evan Nyquist.

Evan Nyquist plays Macduff in Macbeth, the third production in the 2010-2011 Civic Youth Theatre season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. The script is by William Shakespeare.

Question: Why did you audition for Macbeth?
Evan Nyquist: I have been in several productions of Shakespeare, but nothing as serious as Macbeth – they've always been comedies. I really wanted to do some serious acting and this gave me the opportunity to do so. The story, the tragedy of Macbeth really intrigued me, how a man could be such a paragon of justice and loyalty to the king, yet betray the king just because someone said "You can be king."

Q: How would you describe Macduff? What does the audience learn about him?
E.N.: He's a lot like Macbeth at the beginning of the play – he's a loyal soldier to the king. But unlike Macbeth, he doesn't receive this temptation, this inkling of an idea of betrayal. He becomes the antithesis of Macbeth and remains very loyal to the king and those who can rightfully succeed him. He shows how far Macbeth has fallen. Macduff goes through great grief and suffering, but he remains on the path of truth and honesty.

Q: What challenges have you faced with this production so far?
E.N.: One challenge is getting the emotions just right because you have to be angry but not too angry. You have to have the appropriate emotion; it's not just only anger or sadness. You have to know the background of the characters and why they feel that way. A lot of Macduff's sadness turns to anger, which he has to use. It's anger from sadness.

Q: What will an audience most remember about this production?
E.N.: Our fight choreography is going to be fantastic, off the charts. It's nothing like anything I've been involved with before, and from what I hear, nothing like Civic's performed before. I'm interested to see it fully done and I'm sure everyone in the audience will be enthralled with it.

Macbeth will open Friday, April 8 and run through Sunday, April 10 at the historic Monon Depot Theatre at the corner of 5th Street and North Street in downtown Lafayette. Friday and Saturday evening performances will begin at 7:30 p.m.; the Sunday afternoon performance will begin at 2:30 p.m.

For more information about the show or to order tickets, call Civic Theatre's office at 765-423-7529 or visit Civic Theatre's website.

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