Press Release
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:
Jessica Teague, Producer
Macbeth
Cell:  408-482-4253
jet2131@columbia.edu
scottishplay@gmail.com
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Macbeth plays Chashama Performance Space – March 30 & April 1, 2007

A fresh take on a tragedy where everyone gets their hands dirty

NEW YORK, March 20, 2007 --- When Macbeth opens for a limited run on March 30th and April 1st at Chashama Performance Space on 42nd Street, no one will leave the stage without a little bit of blood … and dirt … on their hands.  Originally staged at Columbia University, this ensemble version of one of Shakespeare’s most famous tragedies will now move to a midtown venue for three encore performances.

“I wanted to make a play out of bare words and dirt,” said director, Darragh Martin – and as such, the performance presents a visceral landscape where witches mash and mold the earth and the air rings of a sonic wasteland.

While it would be easy to position Macbeth as evil and the other characters as benign victims, the production highlights the diverse effects of tyranny on society rather than the tragedy of two individuals.  Focusing on the different responses of people who live in a society where torture and murder are the norm, the play asks: does silence make you culpable in torture? Is deserting the society the best option? Is violence the appropriate response? Does tyranny have to end with the execution of the tyrant?

In this innovative, politically charged version of Macbeth, a cinematic rendering of the text positions some scenes in tandem with one another, so that events unravel in real-time.  The production explores the soundscape of violence, with live music and simple sound effects created by the actors.  Additionally, the show will take place within a larger aural and visual exhibit at Chashama about tyranny and violence, featuring works of visual art and music.


About the director:

Darragh Martin is an Irish Fulbright Scholar at Columbia University, researching soundscapes in Shakespeare.  He has extensive experience directing, acting, writing and producing theater, both at Trinity College and for the Melbourne Fringe Festival in 2004 and 2005.  His play, An Air Balloon across Antarctica, was nominated for a Green Room Award and is being produced this year in Edinburgh.  He has also directed short films that have appeared on Australian television.

Macbeth (dir. Darragh Martin and Abby Broberg)
Friday, March 30th @ 8pm and Sunday, April 1st @ 2pm/8pm
Chashama Performance Space - 217 E 42nd Street New York, NY
Tickets are now available via email scottishplay@gmail.com or at the door ($15 general, $8 student) cash only
For more info: http://scottishplay.googlepages.com/home


For photographs, press clippings, or interviews, please contact Jessica Teague at jet2131@columbia.edu or 408-482-4253.