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Date: Opened March 19, 2010

Cast
John Greenbaum: Macduff/Ensemble
Ron Heneghan: Macbeth/Ensemble
John Jarboe: Malcolm/Ensemble
Christie Parker*: Lady Macbeth/Ensemble
Kathryn Raines: Messenger 3/Ensemble
Kate Russell: Ensemble
Johnny Smith: Murderer/Ross/Ensemble
Mary Tuomanen: Witch/Messenger 2/Ensemble
Jarrod Yuskauskas: Fleance/Messenger 1/Ensemble
John Zak*: Banquo/Ensemble

* Denotes a Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.


In this thrilling re-imagining of Macbeth we have created an intense microscopic view into the minds of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth. Asian music and theatre forms inspire the visual elements and the soundscape.


This is a play about the nightmare of having murdered another person and the inability to return to any kind of peace of mind afterwards. One of the most striking lines in the play is spoken by Lady Macbeth, “Yet who would have thought the old man to have had so much blood in him.” The intriguing and interesting point is to see what happens to them both after the murder. What is it like to have crossed over to this other side, where you have murdered someone with your own hands? After Macbeth has killed, he is a different person; he is a hollow man. His nightmare is the emptiness of meaninglessness after a life of killing. His final existential cry echoes through the play.

…Out, out, brief candle!
Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player,
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage
And then is heard no more. It is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Signifying nothing.

The “dream” for Macbeth is to find the one murder that will end all others. It is an inescapable nightmare that everyone in the play has to wade through. We have to wade through it too. In a nightmare we can’t escape ourselves. When we try to run away our legs become leaden; we can’t get away from what is chasing us.

This production was inspired by William Mann’s Chamber Shakespeare Cycle. Mann is the founder and Artistic Director of The Chamber Shakespeare Company. His penetrating and very original thinking about Shakespeare provided powerful inspiration for this work. You can read more about The Chamber Shakespeare Company, William Mann and his fascinating ideas at www.chambershakespeare.com.
 
Read Mark Cofta's Review from Philadelphia City Paper.
 
Read Howie Shapiro's Review from The Philadelphia Inquirer.