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Macbeth

a Tragedy
CATEGORY : DRAMA
by William Shakespeare

COMPANY : North Fulton Drama Club [WEBSITE]
VENUE : Barrington Hall [WEBSITE]
ID# 3209

SHOWING : September 18, 2009 - October 03, 2009

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PRODUCTION DESCRIPTION

Macbeth
For Shakespeare's magnificent Macbeth,
NFDC transfers the stage to the front of Barrington Hall.
September 18th, 19th, 25th, 26th, October 2nd & 3rd at 8pm
September 27th Sunday Matinee 4pm
General Admission: $5.00

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CAST & CREW LIST
Cast A. Nikki Strickland
Assistant Director Alyssa Jackson
Director Thomas L. Strickland
Stage Manager Tiffany Karp
Third Witch Sean Anderson
Lennox Sarah Craig
First Witch Jessica DeMaria
Ross Larry Ficek
Second Witch Rebecca Hardy
Lady Macbeth Sara Holton
Malcolm Jonathan Horne
Macbeth Rod Lindsey
Second Murderer Patrick Lundy
Hecate Ilene Miller
Angus David Morgen
Lady MacDuff Kati Grace Morton
Cast Sinatra Onyewuchi
Banquo Zip Rampy
Porter/Doctor Dan Rich
Duncan/Siward Lee Sanders
Fleance/Young Siward Alex Turbyfield
MacDuff Jarroll White
First Murderer Joshua Williams
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Neat Adaptation, Beautiful Setting
by hardlybrantley
Monday, September 28, 2009
4.0
The North Fulton Drama Club website tells you that "you've never seen Shakespeare quite like this." And at least as far as this production of 'Macbeth' is concerned, chances are that's true.

The unusual cut of the script that they're using, originally put together by Orson Welles, emphasizes the supernatural elements of the play. The Witches' opening scene is repeated at the play's close, suggesting that they plan to set up another horrific set of events like the one we've just witnessed, and their boss, Hecate, takes on a much larger role by slipping into the parts of other characters at critical moments (Hecate becomes the third murderer in Banquo's death scene, for example, and it is she who tells Lady Macduff of the hit men approaching her castle.)

Add to this version of the script NFDC's own decision to set the play in 1930's Louisiana, and you have yourself a neat production in which Macbeth becomes Huey Long and the Witches practice voodoo.

'Macbeth' is performed outdoors on the side lawn and porch of Barrington Hall in Roswell. Two platforms have been built to extend the porch, and much of the action takes place up on this higher level, although some scenes are played on the lawn below.

The large plantation house setting is both a blessing and a curse. On the one hand, you couldn't ask for a more perfect or beautiful backdrop for a production set in the 1930's deep south. On the other, the Hall's lawn is not very sheltered, so that even after the help of some strategically placed microphones and a sound system the actors were always at risk of being drowned out by the two major roads on either side of the house.

The cast featured many strong performances--Lady Macbeth as a Southern high society hostess and the blues-singing Witches come to mind, but those are only two of quite a few examples. But one of the best things about this streamlined version of the script is that 'Macbeth' becomes an ensemble piece, rather than a showcase for one or two stars.

A fun part of the show was watching the different ways that the 1930's update worked with the script. The Southern obsession with manners adds a lot to the banquet scene, here turned into a plantation house party (complete with Banquo's zombie, rather than his ghost). Turning the murderers into backwoods men puts a new spin on their poverty and their resentment of the 'nobility.' And Voodoo priestess Hecate and her three Witches worked beautifully for me--the Witches, far from 'midnight hags' in their gorgeous lacy party wear, were both creepy and seductive at the same time. In a neat twist, the Witches often sang parts of old blues songs interspersed with their text, which only added to the creepiness. The only part that doesn't quite match up is the script's demand for an army to attack Macbeth's castle, which results in an army of knife-bearing landed gentry storming Macbeth's plantation house (rather than one or two men with guns,) but I imagine that's probably a common issue any time Shakespeare is set in the 20th century.

This production is definitely worth seeing. You probably won't get another chance to see Welles' adaption of the script, the setting and costume design are gorgeous, it's performed by a good ensemble cast, and they have tents for the audience in case it rains. The fact that performances are free just makes it even better!

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