On Thursday, Nov. 8, Shakespeare’s “
Macbeth” will open on the Clayton State Theater stage for five drama-filled evenings. Playing the lead role of the Scottish lord Macbeth will be Darius Booker, a junior Theatre Arts major at Clayton State University and a native of Hinesville, Ga. Although he’s a veteran actor, including several roles in the spring 2012 Clayton State Theatre production of “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change,” this is his first time playing a dominant role in a Shakespearean play.
“To perform Macbeth is almost a dream come true,” he says. “Originally I wanted to be something ghostly, maybe one of the witches, representing an omen. To get Macbeth was unexpected, it was a great opportunity.”
A May 2009 graduate of Bradwell Institute in Hinesville, Booker says that Macbeth was a little scary at first, but he’s managed to make the role his own.
“I’ve had to do method acting, I had to go outside the box more than usual,” he explains. “I got a little afraid at first. I was seeing Macbeth everywhere in my everyday life. It was a scary part… partly due to the superstitious nature of the play. I wanted to put all of myself into it, to become Macbeth.
“I’ve been creating Macbeth with my own heart, in my own way. I want to do more Shakespeare plays, it’s been a blast.”
“Darius is in nearly every scene and has played a real leadership role in the production,” says Clayton State Assistant Professor of Theater Patricia Henritze, who is directing “Macbeth.” “Also, this part gives him a chance to show his range and skill as an actor. He's been a joy to work with.”
Although he’s focusing on Macbeth for now, Booker also has his plans for the future laid out. After graduation he would like to continue his theatre career in three areas; becoming a stage combat choreographer, become a professional actor, and getting into set design.