Fairbanks Shakespeare Theatre's "Macbeth"

The Fairbanks Shakespeare Theatre has postponed the opening of “Macbeth” because of severe smoke. The production takes place outdoors at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Opening night is recheduled for July 19. From left, as the trio of witches, is Mary Conlin, Bunny Fleeks and Eugenia Merrifield.


The Fairbanks Shakespeare Theatre is postponing the opening of its summer production because of wildfire smoke.

“Macbeth” was slated to open Friday night at Jack Townshend Point, the outdoor theater at the University of Alaska Fairbanks campus. Because of severe smoke from area wildfires, the theater decided to postpone its opening weekend.

“We have teens and elders in the play, and we can only imagine what the public is going through,” managing director Carey Seward said.

The production will now officially open July 19. The location will either be Jack Townshend Point or the West Valley High School performing arts center if smoke is still severe. All pre-sold tickets for this weekend will be honored the weekend of July 19.

It’s the first time in 27 years the theater has postponed an outdoor production, Seward said.

“We’ve had West Valley as a backup just in case, and the ‘just in case’ happened,” Seward said.

The theater will update its social media sites, including its Facebook page and its website, www.fairbanksshakespeare.org, as more information develops regarding opening night.

The theater also is canceling its Midsummer Day’s Run, a 5K race that was slated for Saturday.

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