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Shakespeare's 500 year old condemnation of toxic masculinity (yes, really).
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OK, so what's going on with Macbeth?

We wanted to get down to the bits and bones that have given the story of Macbeth life for more than 5 centuries.  What did the play say in 1606 and how can we express that sentiment in 2018?  While the themes of ambition and greed seemed overclear, those themes are bound to the larger portrait of a man whose entitlement whose violence develops from his overentitlement and  disillusionment—the failed promise of greatness that never belonged to him.  Today we understand this as privilege and the mismatched expectations of what is fair in a world that is trying it's damnedest to rebalance the scales of power.  It seems that this entitlement, and the struggle by those who would be enveloped by or crushed beneath it, are the core of the Macbeth story.  

Well what exactly are you going to do about it?

All of this has been cooking and percolating.  We've shared and discussed (read: argued, tenuously agreed, lovingly reconciled).  Ideas cross-bred and were contaminated.  They evolved and changed.  A small, lowercase we became a bigger, official We and We started talking about what getting this play on its feet might look like.  How do we choose which elements to highlight in order to light the whole picture? In our production, We have chosen to cast Macbeth and Lady Macbeth with white actors, while the rest of the cast is comprised entirely of people of color.  Why?  There's a chance to get at a concept that lies right at the edge of conversations about power: intersectionality.  The matrix of power is messy, the scales are weighted, but unpredictably, and any balance is an illusion.  So the question becomes: From where you're sitting, who's in control? 

Risks and challenges

Honestly, what could go wrong?

I mean aside from start up costs for theater contracts, rehearsal space contracts, audition space contracts, insurance, actor fees, musician fees, plus union guidelines and regulations, we'll be fine.

I guess there's also respecting the integrity of our performers and each other while trying to produce work that synthesizes our creative and intellectual goals, while also recognizing and addressing the structures of power and hierarchy that exist with regard to race, gender expression, class, sexual orientation, and/or immigration status, while ALSO somehow paying back our student loans.

Aside from that, we'll be fine.

Really. We've got smart people working on this; Some absolute aces of neurotic organization and fearless creativity who have been ready, nay, seeking challenges like this. We've studied and practiced for this. We're not ingenues, we're ready.

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    - First and foremost, our undying love and gratitude. And we have a whole lot of lovin' to give.
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    Out, damned spot!

    Got a tricky spot that may or may not be a manifestation of a guilty conscious? We've got just the thing! Our bespoke, homemade Out Damned Spot Soap Bars.*

    *peppermint and honey scented for that tingly, absolved-of-all-mortal-sin feeling!

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    Act V, scene v

    "...To-morrow, and to-morrow, and to-morrow,
    Creeps in this petty pace from day to day
    To the last syllable of recorded time,
    And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
    The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle!
    Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player
    That struts and frets his hour upon the stage
    And then is heard no more: it is a tale
    Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
    Signifying nothing."

    Written on a completely authentic scroll (would we lie to you?) and signed by our illustrious Macbeth, Joie Bauer.

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    By the pricking of my thumb...

    Our delightful witches will cast a real spell for you! Choose from one of the pre-approved spells below. We'll send you a video keepsake and a bundle of blessed sage for your home. Spooky AND it smells great.

    Spell 1: Protection
    Spell 2: Love
    Spell 3: Prosperity

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    Something wicked this way comes...

    Protection spell won't do it for you? Maybe need a curse instead? Choose from the 3 below and we'll send you a personalized video of the preparation and a sachet to use when the straits get dire...

    Curse 1: Bad breath
    Curse 2: A stubbed toe
    Curse 3: A TERRIBLE hair day

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    A gift fit for a (rightful) King*

    One of everything listed above including:

    - a homemade HUZZAH
    - Out Damned Spot Soap Bar
    - Act V, scene v scroll
    - a charm
    - a curse AND...
    A nifty tote bag to carry it all around.

    *or Queen, or other non-binary ruling monarch.

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