From The Scottish Highlands to Dustbowl-era Kansas, Shakespeare’s Macbeth Takes on a Modern Transformation in TheMASSIVE’s Newest Production.
The Famous Tragedy Hits Chicago’s Stage 773 October 19th, 2012
CHICAGO (October 2, 2012) – Known for what Chicago Theatre Beat calls the “frenetic precision and carnal release” of its dance choreography, last seen in 2011’s Faust, Chicago’s up and coming theatre company TheMASSIVE now turns its attention to the quintessential tale of ill-fated ambition, Macbeth. The action in the play shifts from 11th century Scotland to 1939 Kansas. In order to achieve this daring transformation of one of the world’s most famous tragedies, TheMASSIVE has assembled its largest team of performers and designers to craft the dusty, barren, and violent landscape of depression era middle America. Using, movie-inspired projection on multiple surfaces, a band of dancing witches, and a score inspired by “Spaghetti” Westerns, Executive Artistic Director Kyle Vincent Terry layers a complex tale of treachery, ambition, and loyalty.
The revised setting for Macbeth, a desperate time in American history, lends new facets to the extreme actions of the play’s titular character. “This Macbeth takes place in a town where water is at a premium, but lives aren’t,” says Terry, adding, “The characters range from the destitute to the newly-rich, the Christian to Kiowa Native, the insane to the…well, newly insane.” Here Macbeth is one of Duncan’s local enforcers, the story’s infamous, prescient witches are transformed into Native American dancers, and their leader Hecate into a gospel-singing evangelist.
Terry intends for his Shakespeare training, physical theater background and Stage 773’s Thrust space to translate into an intense but intimate adaptation of one of the Bard’s most well-known texts. Don’t miss your chance to see one of the world’s most famous pieces of work come to life on stage like you’ve never seen it before.
Where: Stage 773, 1225 West Belmont Avenue, Chicago
When: October 19, 2012 through November 11, 2012
Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays @ 7:30 pm
Sundays @ 2:30 pm
Tickets will be available via the Stage 773 website (http://www.stage773.com/) and box office (773.327.5252).