Voodoo Macbeth: Futuristic Retelling of Orson Welles' Sensational Shakespeare Adaptation
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The last date listed for Voodoo Macbeth was Saturday April 13, 2013 / 8:00pm.
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Three stars for the actors. The production did them no favors; it demanded too much work on the part of the audience to follow the story. And why, with all of the fine actresses in Washington, DC, was the role of Lady Macbeth played by a man?
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Trying too see all the Shakespeare plays but will not count this for MacBeth. I have read the play but it was still very hard to follow. Very bizarre. Should have left at intermission but stayed in error. Zero Stars. Have seen 30 shows in the...continued
The Federal Theatre Project’s production of Voodoo Macbeth in 1936 is legendary for its cast of African-American actors. A marginalized group heretofore seen in primarily dancing and singing roles, the play challenged audiences to acknowledge and appreciate their clear talent and ability. Set in Haiti, Shakespeare’s themes of witchcraft and the occult were replaced by the island’s practices of voodoo.
TACT Artistic Director Jack Marshall sought in Director Kathleen Akerley an artist who most embodies Welles’ fearless pursuit of dynamic theater, with his willingness to break rules and expectations to keep the stage what it was meant to be: vivid, challenging, and controversial.