Thanks to all your generous support we have reached our initial goal of $2500! But we have more time left, so please check out our stretch goals above and consider donating!
The Witches is a new adaptation of Macbeth by Eric Powell Holm. Macbeth finds himself in hell, and as punishment for his wrong doings, the three Witches, playing every character in Macbeth's tragic tale, force him to relive his story over and over again.
The piece was originally conceived as an all male production, to be done in the woods around a camp fire. But we have flipped that model on it's head, urbanizing it and adding ladies. We are setting the piece at a dinner party that suddenly goes horribly wrong. By combining the intimacy of a dinner party with the excitement of live theatre, we are bringing Macbeth's nightmare into an unassuming and unexpected environment. Our production taps into the fear that comes when the safety of sitting around, sharing a meal with friends, is broken by finding out your hosts have a very different plan for the evening. By casting the Witches as women, we can explore the ways women would torture and manipulate, diving into the nasty mind games that have their beginnings in middle school.You all remember the horror of middle school, don't you?
We began work on this project during the infamous Polar Vortex. Since then we have been through revisions, re-castings, rehearsals, a glorious change in the weather and now we are ready to share our work with all of you. We will be performing this summer at various locations throughout the city beginning in July. Stay tuned to our Facebook page for dates and locations.
We have an amazing creative team. Eric Powell Holm is our wonderful director and playwright. The witches are played by the lovely and talented Sarah Moore, Mara Gannon, and Giverny Petitmermet. And the amazing Dan Morrison plays Macbeth.
Your generosity will help to pay for the costs that come with putting on a piece of theatre. Our set which we are constructing so that it can be folded up, packed into a van and moved into whatever space we find ourselves in. Our costumes and props must be made or purchased and able to withstand an indefinite amount of performances. We have to pay for rehearsal and performance space rentals, and with the real estate market like it is in New York City, they cost a pretty penny. We are purchasing reusable plates, glasses, silverware and napkins for our lovely audience to use and after a good washing, use again. And, of course, food and drink, it is a dinner party after all.
We look forward to hosting you this summer!
Risks and challenges
Our major challenge is finding the right spaces. Ideally, we would preform in living rooms. But New York apartments are small, neighbors must be considered and a good house guest never overstays their welcome. Fortunately, we have lots of lovely artist friends, who live or work in unique spaces suited to our needs.
We envision this as an on-going project, performing monthly, around New York City. We are aiming to change the model of the theatre producing and attending experience. Instead of rehearsing for months and only performing one or two weekends, we want to allow the piece to be on going, produce a buzz, and continue to grow and develop. By providing our audience with food, drink and a show, all in a non-conventional theatre space, we hope our audience will feel as if they have just attended the best dinner party and can't wait to come again.
We would eventually like to find a more permanent space for the show that has the look and feel of a home, with out actually being one.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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