PHOTO CALL: A First Look at Alan Cumming's One-Man Macbeth on Broadway
By Krissie Fullerton
09 Apr 2013
Tony Award winner Alan Cumming stars in his one-man Macbeth, staged by Tony Award-winning Once director John Tiffany, which begins previews April 7 at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre.
Set in a psychiatric unit, Cumming plays a patient who is reliving the story of Macbeth – bringing to life over 15 characters in Shakespeare's bloody work, which is performed without an intermission. It has a running time of one hour and 45 minutes.
It premiered at the National Theatre of Scotland in June 2012 and played a New York run at the Rose Theatre in July 2012.
The cast also features Jenny Sterlin (Heartbreak House, Major Barbara) and Brendan Titley (As You like It, Measure for Measure), who portray the Doctor and Orderly, respectively. Chris Kipiniak (Metamorphoses) understudies both roles.
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.