Three actors. A landscape and populace created with video technology. Unspeakable murders.
Those are the elements of a unique production of Shakespeare's mean and lean tragedy, Macbeth, opening Feb. 7 at ATL's Bingham Theatre. Artistic director Marc Masterson stages the work in collaboration with Pittsburgh-based scenic designer Steve O'Hearn (of the experimental troupe Squonk Opera) and Louisville visual artist Valerie Sullivan Fuchs.
Masterson discovered video artist Fuchs at a Louisville exhibit, "About Skin," and she serves as the "video imagist" on the staging. Her images are projected onto O'Hearn's "intensely textured and brooding set design."
Will Bond, Mark Mineart and Kim Martin-Cotten perform multiple roles: Mineart and Martin-Cotten primarily play Macbeth and Lady Macbeth, and Bond plays the characters the Macbeths betray in their hungry quest to rule Scotland.
Designers also include Connie Furr-Soloman (costumes), Tony Penna (lights), Mark R. Walston (props) and Darron L. West (sound). Previews began Feb. 1 and performance continue to March 2 in the arena-style Bingham, one of three theatres in the ATL complex in downtown Louisville. The staging is part of ATL's Bingham Signature Shakespeare program (this is the eighth offering), underwritten by the Mary and Barry Bingham Sr. Fund.
According to production notes, "Video technology and a form of puppetry will be used to create the environments through which the actors move, as well as project characters and objects. This design concept bears metaphoric connections to the ways we experience power and desire in our contemporary world..."
Tickets range $15-$38. For information, call (502) 584-1205 or visit actorstheatre.org.
— By Kenneth Jones