Theatrical tradition would urge us to call Macbeth “The Scottish Play,” so that disaster doesn’t befall us. But this bad luck tradition only comes into play (no pun intended) when the title is mentioned inside the theater where the performance is to be presented. But erring on the side of prudence is always best. For many of us this play remains a favorite (perhaps you first read it in high school) as does the quip “Macbeth and Lady Macbeth are the happiest married couple in Shakespeare.” Let’s contrast this observations with those of many theatergoers who find this play one of the darkest of Shakespeare’s works. We’ll find out “ tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow…” 


John Miller, Ph.D

John H. Miller, PhD., has taught literature courses at both secondary and college levels, including American Literature at the University of Clermont-Ferrand, France, under a Fulbright Fellowship. He has also taught at the University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon University, Washington College, American University, and the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum’s Academy for Lifelong Learning. Given his interest in things maritime he taught a course on literature of the sea as Visiting Lecturer and member of the University of Virginia’s faculty on two separate round the world voyages with UVA’s “Semester at Sea” program. John is also involved in several local non-profit organizations, currently serving as President of Allegro Academy, and board member of Chesapeake Forum. John earned his Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh, with a BA from Yale.


Suzanne Sanders

Suzanne Sanders earned a B.A. in Humanities from Johns Hopkins because, hey, somebody has to balance out all those pre-med students. She has worked as a journalist, bartender, metaphysical manager, poet, full-tilt mom, and Russian translator. She has taught the occasional class at Chesapeake College and volunteers at the library. She and her husband are currently lacking in the kitten department.

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