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The close of the Shakespeare Festival at Tulane, the 14th season, is a tragedy, literally. Macbeth completes a summer of classic plays with the story of a power-hungry nobleman who engages in murder to fulfill what he believes is his destiny -- to become the king of Scotland. The play opens with one of the Bard's most famous scenes, the three witches bending over a bubbling cauldron hissing, "Double, double, toil and trouble" and follows through to Macbeth's tragic fall. High school students participating in the festival's summer training program, All Things Shakespeare!, are putting on the show, which is the culmination of more than a month of workshops. If one tragedy isn't enough, the company is also presenting a staged reading of local playwright Jim Fitzmorris's new play, Vote Lear: A Theatrical Manifesto. The modern-day adaptation of King Lear gives a New Orleans twist to the Shakespearean classic. Tickets are $12.50 for Macbeth, pay what you will for Vote Lear. -- Emily Hohenwarter


7:30 p.m. Wed.-Sat., July 25-28; 1:30 p.m. Sat., July 28

Tulane University, Lupin Theatre, 865-5105;

Vote Lear: A Theatrical Manifesto

8 p.m. Fri.-Sat., July 27-28

Tulane University, McWilliams Hall Lab Theatre, 865-5105;

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