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Dairy Arts Center
2590 Walnut St.
Boulder, CO  80302
303-440-7826

After a spate of serious outings on stage, Square Product Theatre artistic director Emily K. Harrison was ready to have some fun. So when Ham McBeth — Square Product’s new Shakespearean sendup set in a trailer park — premieres tonight, it will be a scene of pure chaos and lots of laughs. “It’s funny for the sake of being funny,” Harrison promises of the play, which grew out of the ensemble’s participation in Five 5ths of Macbeth, a 2013 Boulder Fringe-produced mash-up that challenged a group of local companies to each interpret one of the drama’s five acts.

Here’s how funny: “I play the character of Ham Jones — a single mother who is obsessed with Stevie Nicks — and Michelle Moore is her moody seventeen-year-old daughter, Aquanetta,” Harrison explains. “Aquanetta is studying for the SATs and is reading Macbeth in preparation, so Ham decides that the best way to teach her about Macbeth is to put as much of it as possible to the music of Fleetwood Mac. But her daughter already knows the play well — she’s in the school drama club and secretly wants to become an actor, so she’s already well-versed in it.”

And there are plenty of Macbeth-ian subplots and references, Harrison adds, including a power struggle with trailer-park supervisor Christa Duncan, a role that will be shared in rotation by Hannah Duggan and Erin Rollman of Buntport Theater and Boulder actor Joan Bruemmer-Holden, as well as some hilarious modern-dance interpretations and a surreal denouement that you’ll just have to see to believe.

Ham McBeth opens at 8 p.m. at the Dairy Center for the Arts, 2590 Walnut Street in Boulder, and runs through March 21; a free panel discussion on Shakespeare’s longevity in the public eye will follow the March 14 matinee. For information and tickets, $15 to $20, go to squareproducttheatre.org.

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