Interactive and Gender-Bending Macbeth Begins Tonight

News   Interactive and Gender-Bending Macbeth Begins Tonight
 
The Manhattan Shakespeare Project presents the world premiere of Macbeth: The Unsex Me Here Project, in which audiences are able to decide which actors portray which iconic character from the play, beginning April 1. Audiences are encouraged to defy traditional gender roles when casting.

Staged at the Access Theater Gallery and directed by Amanda Boekelheide, performances will run through 19, with an official opening night scheduled for April 5.

The Manhattan Shakespeare Project is an all-female Shakespeare company, and this production marks the first time in the company's five-year history that men have been in a production alongside the women. The cast features Sarah Eismann, Claire Kennedy, Amanda Boekelheide, Jordan Laroya, Rob McFadyen and Brandon Petty.

The show is billed as a "fast paced, high flying take on William Shakespeare’s 'Scottish Play' where the gender of the actor’s playing the iconic characters of Macbeth, Lady Macbeth, Duncan, the Witches, etc is up-in-the-air."

Macbeth: The Unsex Me Here Project brings to mind other unique productions of Shakespeare's famed story that have been staged in Manhattan, including Alan Cumming's solo show and Sleep No More's site-specific staging at the McKittrick Hotel.

The production and design team for Macbeth: The Unsex Me Here Project includes Rachel A. Jerome (stage manager), Antonio Consuegra (tech designer - costumes, set and props), Jordan Laroya (fight director), Michael Mullen (flight trainer), Jacob Subotnick (sound designer) and Samantha Davis (lighting designer). For more information and to purchase tickets, visit manhattanshakes.org.

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