A Choose-Your-Own-Adventure, Gender-Defying Staging of Macbeth Will Play NYC

News   A Choose-Your-Own-Adventure, Gender-Defying Staging of Macbeth Will Play NYC
The Manhattan Shakespeare Project will present the world premiere of Macbeth: The Unsex Me Here Project, in which audiences will be able to decide which actors portray which iconic character from the play. Audiences will be encouraged to defy traditional gender roles when casting.

Staged at the Access Theater Gallery and directed by Amanda Boekelheide, performances will run April 1-19, with an official opening night scheduled for April 5.

The Manhattan Shakespeare Project is an all-female Shakespeare company, and this production will mark the first time in the company's five-year history that men have been in a production alongside the women. The cast will feature 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. Each night the audience will have the ability to decide the gender of each of the characters, thereby making conscience what is unconscious about gender constructs - one of Manhattan Shakespeare Project’s primary goals as a company."

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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