Macbeth by William Shakespeare

The Mint Theater Space, New York City

Photo: Quinn Miller-Bedell
Photo: Quinn Miller-Bedell

Kristin Barnett, Melissa Center, Emily Hubelbank

Photo: Travis Sawyer
Photo: Travis Sawyer

Michael Peterson, Isaac Woofter,

Photo: Travis Sawyer
Photo: Travis Sawyer

Trey Ziegler

Photo: Travis Sawyer
Photo: Travis Sawyer

Craig Braun

Photo: Quinn Miller-Bedell
Photo: Quinn Miller-Bedell

Tracy Hostmyer

Photo: Quinn Miller-Bedell
Photo: Quinn Miller-Bedell

Tracy Hostmyer, Trey Ziegler

Photo: Travis Sawyer
Photo: Travis Sawyer

Trey Ziegler, Tom Macy, Duane Boutte

Photo: Travis Sawyer
Photo: Travis Sawyer

Duane Boutte

Photo: Travis Sawyer
Photo: Travis Sawyer

Isaac Woofter

1/2

This bloody, unrelenting drama, Shakespeare's most popular play, which looks so deeply at the tortured human psyche, is set against the backdrop of a dangerous, sinister underworld, where power, money and suspicion are all mixed in a boiling pot with lust, vice and murder.

 

This nihilistic tale tells of one ex-soldier's violent rise to power through the ranks of a mercenary army. Twisted by fate and a power-hungry spouse, he shows us the ravaging and tangible effects of fear, the destructive impact of our own nature's dark forces through senseless, unjustified killing.

Director: James Phillip Gates

Set Design: Casey Smith

Light Design: Travis Sawyer

Costume Design: Heather Klar

Sound Design: John Kemp

Production Stage Manager: Christine J. Massoud

 

Cast: Kristin Barnett, Melissa Center, Tracy Hostmyer, Emily Hubelbank, Duane Boutte, Craig Braun, Nick Lawson, Tom Macy, Hugh Martin, Tyler Moss, Michael Peterson, Andrew Pifko, Isaac Woofter, Trey Ziegler

Gates's Macbeth is one of the most visually and aurally gorgeous pieces of theatre I've ever seen. Gates is a director to watch—if his work continues to have the same intensity, intelligence and visual flair as his Macbeth, I eagerly await his future output.

nytheatre.com

You'll probably never find a sexier, more violent production of Macbeth...its more shocking elements are played-up to provide a breathtaking, intermissionless, 110-minute experience.

Drama Desk