'MacBeth' to open at The Armory
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This fall, local favorites Chantal DeGroat, Dana Green and Lauren Bloom Hanover will star in a piercing, stripped-down production of "MacBeth," directed by Adriana Baer at Portland Center Stage at The Armory.
With an edited script by Lee Sunday Evans and original music by Heather Christian, Shakespeare's infamous tale of political gluttony and supernatural vengeance finds refreshing new life in a taut, thrilled adaptation The New York Times calls "transcendent." DeGroat, Green and Hanover tackle all the roles, with captivating shape-note singing lending a haunting soundtrack to the rise and fall of Scotland's most notorious royal assassin.
Baer said her concept for the production was heavily influenced by Christian's compositions.
"The music grounded me immediately to the earth, and I felt like I was standing with my own bare feet in the dirt," she said. "I saw that the story I wanted to tell was much more ancient than so many contemporary adaptations. I knew immediately that these women are inextricably woven together and that they are sharing the wisdom of their ancestors. There is an oral history at play here. I want the audience to see that this story is about all of us."
In keeping with that concept, Scenic Designer Stephen Dobay's set will depict ancient ruins rising from Scottish sand dunes. "We wanted the earth to dominate the space," Baer said. "And to show that there was a clash between the man-made and the environment."
The Armory will host various free pre- and post-show community events, including discussions with cast, crew and community guests. Details will be posted at pcs.org/macbeth closer to the show.
Tickets range from $25 to $62 and can be purchased online at pcs.org or by calling the box office at 503-445-3700, or in person at the box office, 128 N.W. 11th Ave., Portland. Showtimes are at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday, at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, and 11 a.m. Thursdays. The play is recommended for ages 12 and up.
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