The Hipgnosis Theatre Company’s production of Macbeth takes its inspiration from the original presentation of the play. While most modern productions stage Macbeth in darkness, Shakespeare’s King’s Men originally acted out this nightmarish play in broad day-light, thus having to evoke the darkness of the setting (and of the plot) with their language and action, rather than with technical effects. Hipgnosis will set its production on a fully-lit stage, relying on its ensemble to execute the challenging feat of creating imaginary darkness. The stark tone of Hipgnosis’ production will be further heightened by white vinyl-flooring, fluorescent light strips, a white witches’ nest at ceiling level and white tyvek costumes, to propose that, in our urban society, ubiquitous light can be as much a source of terror and nightmare as darkness was in Jacobean England. Light will be a sinister participant in this performance, a living presence, serving the environment of the play itself by creating a harsh, unforgiving and clinical atmosphere.
Wednesdays through Sundays at 8pm with a matinee performance on Saturday 4/18 at 3pm
Theater: Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center
Address: 107 Suffolk Street
New York, NY
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