A coven of witches weave mystery in Shakespeare's darkest of tales when "Macbeth," by William Shakespeare directed by Susi Brown, opens 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21 with a champagne reception.

Brown's version of this classic transports the audience to a rocky crag where Wyrd Sisters make mischief, soldiers engage in bloody battle and nobles betray their kings and comrades.

Mick Alderman, of Astoria, takes on the challenge of playing the title character, Macbeth, with Daily Astorian reporter Jennifer Collins urging him on as Lady Macbeth. Macduff is played by Michael Miller; Lady Macduff is to be shared by Rhonda Alderman and Kerris Cockrell. Hecate and the three main Wyrd sisters are played by Andrea Olson, Rosemary Berdine, Dan Palenske-Sutherland and Addy Rutter. Robert Slabinski is playing the porter.

The rest of the cast includes Dan Allen, Maren Berg-Rooper, Brad Bolchunos, Hannah Bunnell, Bill Honl, Sarah Johnson, Jill Lombaer, Clarke McMakin, Joseph Robertson, Ben Van Osdol, Donna K. Wright, Ulrich Duncan Percival Wright II, Hanna Palenske-Sutherland, Lori Wilson-Honl and Tom Berdine; with choreography by Hanna Palenske-Sutherland, special effects by Robert Brown, lighting by Larry Bryant and stage management by Janie Sexton.

There will be an 8 p.m. preview showing Thursday, Feb. 20. Tickets for the preview are $5. The show runs at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through March 8. There will be a 2 p.m. matinee Sunday, March 2. Tickets for the regular run are $10 for general and $7 for seniors and students. Tickets are available at the new onsite box office open 2 to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Friday at the River Theater, 230 W. Marine Drive.

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