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Inspired by #metoo, our Macbeth combines Shakespeare’s text with dance to reimagine Lady Macbeth as a survivor of abuse.
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Original art by Katelyn Schiller
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What happens when someone else tells your story?    

In the past (and even the present) women's stories have been told from a man's perspective, often pigeonholing them into limited roles: Maiden, Mother, Crone, Stranger. Are you a slut or a prude? A saint or a sinner? Innocent or evil? But femininity—and humanity—is far more complex that that. 

Our Macbeth is an exploration of the more complex stories that might be revealed if we re-angled Shakespeare’s lens to focus on the feminine experience. Our characters are named after archetypes as a way to cast those roles off. An experienced woman can still make unwise choices. A mother has an identity outside of her child. A survivor is not defined by what has been done to her, but by what she has done herself.

Influenced by the #MeToo movement and our own personal histories, we  will thread together the female characters of the play with a common experience: each of them has been on the receiving end of assault. It wasn’t so long ago that women were still treated as property. If "yes, all women" have experienced it today, it’s not hard to imagine that these characters would have been disrespected or treated terribly as well. 

Using only movement and dance in addition to Shakespeare's original text, we will reveal an alternate version of the events leading to, and within, the story of Macbeth. The actions and motivations of the characters will explore the difficulties women face, whether in feudal Scotland where the play is set, or present-day Los Angeles, where it will be performed. 

Looking at the play through the lens of toxic masculinity and sexual abuse heightens Shakespeare’s original text in unexpected ways. We invite you to join our coven as we prepare this new vision of an old story, and ask: how do we end this cycle of violence?

  • You like us & you are excited to support a project with a powerful & timely message. THIS is that project.  
  • You love an inspiring story—one with characters you can relate to or empathize with. THIS is that show. 
  • You love Shakespeare. You know how transcendent his works have been throughout the centuries and are intrigued to see how his actual text supports the #MeToo movement, enriching and heightening his text and his characters in unimaginable ways. When is the last time you watched a production of Shakespeare where YOU could relate to it? THIS is that show
  • You have been personally affected by the #MeToo movement or know someone who has been. THIS is for you.
  • You want to support 99-seat theatre in Los Angeles. THIS is that theatre.
  • You want to support women in theatre. We are fortunate to be working with an almost all female crew on this female-centric production. WE are that crew!
  • You occasionally like to be a straight-up HERO. Oh, and you love getting fantabulous perks!  WE have those perks!

Our Macbeth is being brought to life with a ton of passion & effort by a ton of incredible artists. We are turning to Kickstarter:

1- because this is a revolutionary platform that helps people like us to transform our vision into reality 

2- in order to make Macbeth as powerful a show as it can be tech-wise, design-wise and cast-wise 

3- so as to create MORE buzz...get MORE people to see it...having MORE people affected by it...to get MORE people thinking...creating MORE change bubbling into existence. 

By contributing to our campaign, you are playing an active role in bringing our project to life, helping our voices be heard—and hopefully helping us to really affect the kind of healing and change that is currently needed by aiding the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements. 

This is a difficult time in our history here in the US—and this is an important production that truly can make a difference; we have already experienced it just in the process of putting it together—so we are now turning to all of you lovely, amazing people. You are important to us. YOU matter. And we ask for your support. 

Please understand: Kickstarter is an ALL OR NOTHING platform. Meaning if we don't hit our goal, your credit card doesn't get charged.

Our goal is $15,000.

We want you to be as in-the-know as possible when it comes to how it will all be used. Here's a brief overview:

 Thank you for supporting live theatre in Los Angeles, and we hope to see you at the show!

 

Risks and challenges

It is actually scientifically impossible to plan for everything. In fact, in the world of theatre, something is guaranteed to go wrong. Our job is to make sure we plan ahead for everything we can.

In times when public funding has been severely limited, small arts groups depend on individual support to fulfill their missions. And it is at times when the arts are under attack that we need them the most.

We look to theatre & poetry to fortify us, because it opens our minds to the voices & experiences of others. Good theatre can help us understand what’s happening now... show us how to connect with the past... & inspire us to action.

We all live in a complex, dangerous day & age that brings with it a lot of anger. But if we dare to look closer, we can see that underneath it all, there is a lot of fear. Fear of being different... fear of being the same... fear of speaking up… fear of staying silent... what is the right thing? Deep down in our cores, I have to believe we all want the same thing; Which leaves us a difficult challenge –

How do we end this dangerous cycle of toxic masculinity? How do we stop living in fear & start listening to each other? Only once we can do that can we heal through connection & love.

Making our voices heard is the first step.... & bringing this powerful piece to the stage is already making people think. Won't you help us to continue?

Thank you for your continued support. Thank you for making our work possible.

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    Spotlight Perk: Singing with The Crone

    45 Minute Singing Lesson via SKYPE with Broadway Star, Kathy Deitch!! (aka our Crone)

    Kathy has an extensive resume on Broadway and is offering a Skype singing lesson for TWO lucky backers!

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    Spotlight Perk: Dance with The Maiden

    Dance thee, till thy sorrows leave you! Dance till thy cannot dance no more.

    Our Maiden, actress and dancer Ester Mira will lead you in a one hour dance class; classical Indian or Bollywood Dance! (Your choice!)

    Lesson may be used for one person OR a couple. Los Angeles Area Only

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    Spotlight: Roleplay w/our Macbeth

    ROLE-PLAY WITH MACBETH

    One backer and their guests will have the opportunity to participate in a three-hour blood-soaked RPG, led by Brendan, who is an enthusiastic gamer and storyteller.

    And with a cast full of gaming fans, you never know what other Macbeth actors might surprise you during your session! (Transportation not provided. Hollywood, CA)

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    Spotlight- Lady Macbeth Mixologist

    Dare to have the lady of the house come mix thy beverages for two hours of celebration?!
    Your choice of scotch, mead, ale...or if thou dost prefer, she'll create a special mix just for thee. Unless of course, tho desirest a Bloody Mary. (Greater Los Angeles Area Only! )

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    The Stranger

    You plus one Guest are invited to our Opening Night performance AND Post Show Talk Back

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    The Crone

    You plus one Guest are invited to our Opening Night Gala after-show party! (2 tickets to Macbeth included)... PLUS your name listed in the Program as "Lady Macduff Donors" ... AND an Autographed Copy of the Program

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    • A 4x6 Custom Magnet
    • A Cast Autographed 11x17 Show Poster
    • A Digital Copy of our Macbeth
    • A Button from the show -picked at random
    • A Digital Postcard From The Show
    • Production Updates with the latest news!
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    An evening at The MAGIC CASTLE

    Thee and thy guest shall spendeth an eve at The Magic Castle with a renown'd magician and long-time memb'r. Enjoy fine dining, libations, and as much charm and myst'ry as thee can dudgeon. All expenses cov'red -- e'en thy parking!

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    • Special Thanks in the Show Program
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    • An Exclusive 4x6 Custom Magnet
    • A Digital Copy of our Macbeth
    • A Cast Autographed 11x17 Show Poster
    • An Autographed Copy of the Program
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    • A Button from the show -picked at random
    • A Digital Postcard From The Show
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    The Bard Benefactor

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