Aquila Theatre returns to Popejoy Hall with The Great Gatsby and Macbeth

In revisiting the classics, Aquila Theatre strives to add life to their chosen stage stories. Visiting 50-60 US cities each year, this year the company tours with contemporary interpretations of Macbeth and The Great Gatsby.

Aquila Theatre was originally founded by Peter Meineck in London in 1991 and quickly expanded to the United States. By 1998, the theater company was established as a nonprofit in New York City and enjoyed nationwide popularity. Now one of the leading producers of American classical theatre, Aquila Theatre has received numerous awards from the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

On March 19, 2022 at 8pm, the Aquila Theatre returns to Popejoy Hall to bring us Jay Gatsby himself. Their new theatrical adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel The Great Gatsby captures Jazz Age characters and presents a story of obsession, greed and betrayal. Published in 1925, The Great Gatsby tells the story of a young Jay Gatsby, told by his friend Nick Callaway. Gatsby’s life illustrates the mystery and obsession of his character through colorful speculative lenses. To reunite with his ex-lover, Daisy Buchanan, Gatsby’s nights are filled with lavish parties and an overindulgent obsession with material goods. The novel is valued by contemporary scholars for its views on social class, inheritance and self-made wealth and race, and for its dismissive approach to the American Dream. Despite its early failures, today the classic novel is publisher Scribner’s most popular work. It’s a staple on high school reading lists and a perennial bestseller.

Aquila’s second installment, Macbeth, will take place on Sunday, March 20, 2022 at 3pm. In their new interpretation, Aquila explores one of William Shakespeare’s most stirring tragedies, a stirring tale of ruthless ambition, deadly deceit, intense paranoia and, ultimately, insanity. This is a world where “justice is evil and evil is fair”, where trust gives way to suspicion and allies become enemies.

In a barren moor shrouded in mist, a warrior returning from battle encounters three old women who make a chilling prophecy that one day he will be crowned king of all Scotland. After Macbeth received this prophecy, a grateful King Duncan granted him a new title. This plunged both Macbeth and his wife into a lust for power, leading to the brutal murder of the king. As Lord and Lady Macbeth attempt to consolidate their power, they are surrounded by paranoid visions, horrific apparitions and divisions of thought. Considered one of the most influential works in world and dramatic literature, Aquila Theatre retells the tragic story of the Scottish king, whose megalomaniac eventually got him into trouble.

Tickets for each performance are $65, $45, $35, and $25. Tickets can be purchased online at popejoypresents.com. Tickets can also be purchased in person at the UNM Box Office located in the UNM Bookstore, or by calling (505) 277-4569. For more information on the upcoming season, visit popejoypresents.com.

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