Starting Aug. 10, New York's Pulse Ensemble Theatre screws its courage to the sticking place by presenting macBETH, a new interpretation of Shakespeare's Scottish tragedy in which the Thane of Glamis is a woman. Kittson O'Neill is the actress who will put the "Beth" in "Macbeth."
Don't think, however, by being a female, King Betsy will be denied her Lady. No, that wicked partner is present in director Alexa Kelly's staging, played by Kimberly Myles. Together, Beth and her Lady are modern gang leaders, who begin their rise to bloody power by murdering gang lord "King" Duncan.
Kelly is Pulse's artistic director and founder. Pulse was formed in 1989.
The production will take place in Pulse's theatre at 432 W. 42nd Street as well as out-of-doors. Performances begin Aug. 10 for an Aug. 13 opening. For information, call (212) 695-1596.
--By Robert Simonson