Veteran actor Colin Lane portrays the role of Macduff in Elm Shakespeare Company\u2019s production of Macbeth. This season marks Lane\u2019s 16th show performed at New Haven\u2019s bucolic Edgerton Park, under the direction of the company\u2019s artistic director and founder, Jim Andreassi.This summer\u2019s production is directed by Allyn Burrows and Andreassi is featured in its title role. In June, Andreassi and his wife Margaret, Elm Shakespeare\u2019s managing director, moved to Milford. They have two grown children, Nicholas, 21, and Megan, 25. Upcoming performances for Macbeth are this week through Sunday, Aug. 26, and Tuesday, Aug. 28, to Sunday, Sept. 2, at 8 pm. Edgerton Park is at 75 Cliff Street. There is no admission charge; however, suggested donations are $20, adults, and $10, students.\u201cWhy do I keep coming back each summer to Elm Shakespeare? It\u2019s Jim,\u201d said Lane. A native of Ireland, Lane\u2019s lilting, articulate voice is pleasant to the ear, holding just a hint of a thicker brogue than it used to carry. \u201cHe\u2019s irreverent. It\u2019s a wonderful atmosphere he creates in his company.\u201dTwo accomplished theater artists in their own right, Lane and Andreassi have known each other professionally for more than 20 years. \u201cThis is the first time, though, where we\u2019ve shared the stage together and it\u2019s a lot of fun,\u201d Andreassi said. \u201cColin is an actor of incredible passion. He has a heartbreaking moment in the play that he does just beautifully.\u201dSwapping compliments, Lane pointed out that Elm Shakespeare\u2019s founder has a knack for drawing talent from New York City and Boston\u2019s theater communities to his productions. Along with Burrows, who is head of Boston\u2019s Actors\u2019 Shakespeare Project, this summer\u2019s Macbeth also includes American theater legend Alvin Epstein.\u201cThe set, sound and costumes are truly top-notch, too,\u201d Lane added.Sound designer for Macbeth is Nathan Roberts. Elizabeth Bolster and Jamie Burnett are responsible for the production\u2019s costumes and lighting.Although he\u2019s recently seen several modern takes on Macbeth, Andreassi chose a more traditional interpretation for the New Haven stage. \u201cThe men are in kilts and the play is set in a time familiar to Shakespeare,\u201d he explained.This Shakespearean tragedy has had a longtime hold on Andreassi. \u201cI read it for the first time in high school,\u201d Andreassi explained. \u201cThere is something about the witches and the mayhem that ensues that I always found compelling.\u201dCoincidentally, Lane played the role of Macbeth 10 years ago under Andreassi\u2019s direction.Lane describes this production as \u201cfrighteningly explosive.\u201dPerformed in slightly under two hours, Lane said, \u201cIt\u2019s daring and fast and furious. It\u2019s about war and what happens when civilization breaks down.\u201dResponse to last weekend\u2019s opening was positive. \u201cIt was really good,\u201d Lane said. \u201cThe audience seemed to really like it.\u201dThe cast\u2019s opening night, though, was also its first night onstage working with technical elements. \u201cOur dress rehearsal was washed out,\u201d Lane explained. \u201cWe were flying by the seat of our pants but it all worked out.\u201dWhen they attend Macbeth, audiences are invited to bring a picnic dinner. \u201cThe park is just beautiful,\u201d Lane continued. \u201cIt\u2019s quite lovely. There\u2019s a nice summery feel in the air.\u201dBefore the recession hit a few years ago, Elm Shakespeare Company produced two plays each summer. Andreassi is optimistic that once the economy stabilizes, the company will return to this popular format. During those summers, more than 30,000 people enjoyed Shakespeare and classic live theater productions.Each show costs about $300,000 to produce, Andreassi noted. Corporate sponsors, business and private donations are always welcome.For more information, go to Elmshakespeare.org.