William Shakespeare's MACBETH
directed by Steven Carl McCasland
The Beautiful Soup Theater Collective, whose Alice in Wonderland enjoyed an Off-Broadway run at The SoHo Playhouse, returns to the New York stage with their production William Shakespeare's MACBETH at 13th Street Repertory, opening October 19th and running through Halloween evening, October 31st. A portion of box office proceeds will benefit The Fortune Society for Prisoner Reform. The Fortune Society, founded by theatre producer David Rothenberg (Fortune and Men's Eyes), strives to support successful re-entry from prison and to promote alternatives to incarcerations, thus strengthening the fabric of our communities. The production, directed by Steven Carl McCasland (Alice in Wonderland, Crossing Brooklyn, The WSXR Players' Twelfth Night) stars John Johmann and Tracy Jennissen (Sugar doesn't live here...). Macbeth as the murderous and power-hungry central couple. Set in Chicago, 1959, press notes bill the production as "an intimate, 2-hour look at one of the Bard's bloodiest plays. Set in Chicago, 1959 and using the music of Frank Sinatra and Henry Mancini, MACBETH is filled with lust, greed and revenge. Beautiful Soup stains 13th Street Rep red with blood in a production inspired by the films of the era. It's 1959 and Mackie is back in town." Johmann and Jennissen are joined by Leonardo Abraham, Lena August Charles Baker, Mallory Berlin, Salvatore Casto, Dom Crincoli, Courtney de la Rigaudiere, Spencer Gold, Laurie Jill, Leo Kubota, Rory Allan Meditz, Kathleen Moran and Christopher Stokes. Anna Grace Carter (Kissless at NYMF) serves as Production Stage Manager. Ellyn Stein serves as Fight Director and Choreographer to the extreme hand-to-hand combat, with choreography from McCasland and Kathleen Gubitosi. The 2-hour production, running from October 19th through October 31st, operates on a rep schedule: Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7pm, Fridays and Saturdays at 9:30pm and Sundays at 3pm. A special closing performance on Monday, October 31st, at 7pm will be followed by a costume ball. Join the Weird Sisters and bob for apples and party the holiday away with Beautiful Soup at Hecate's Club. Each performance is presented with a ten-minute intermission, during which Hecate's Girls and Boys will take the stage. A wide array of New York burlesque performers, including Dot Mitzvah and Kitty Katstrophe, along with MACBETH cast-member Dom Crincoli (Lord Ross) in a lounge act inspired by Old Blue Eyes.
10/19/2011 at 7:00pm