The Beautiful Soup Theater Collective, whose Alice in Wonderland enjoyed an Off-Broadway run at The SoHo Playhouse, returns to the New York stage with their production William Shakespeare's MACBETH at 13th Street Repertory, opening October 19th and running through Halloween evening, October 31st. A portion of box office proceeds will benefit The Fortune Society for Prisoner Reform.
The Fortune Society, founded by theatre producer David Rothenberg (Fortune and Men's Eyes), strives to support successful re-entry from prison and to promote alternatives to incarcerations, thus strengthening the fabric of our communities.
The production, directed by Steven Carl McCasland (Alice in Wonderland, Crossing Brooklyn, The WSXR Players' Twelfth Night) stars John Johmann and Tracy Jennissen (Sugar doesn't live here...). Macbeth as the murderous and power-hungry central couple. Set in Chicago, 1959, press notes bill the production as "an intimate, 2-hour look at one of the Bard's bloodiest plays. Set in Chicago, 1959 and using the music of Frank Sinatra and Henry Mancini, MACBETH is filled with lust, greed and revenge. Beautiful Soup stains 13th Street Rep red with blood in a production inspired by the films of the era. It's 1959 and Mackie is back in town."
Johmann and Jennissen are joined by Leonardo Abraham, Lena August Charles Baker, Mallory Berlin, Salvatore Casto, Dom Crincoli, Courtney de la Rigaudiere, Spencer Gold, Laurie Jill, Leo Kubota, Rory Allan Meditz, Kathleen Moran and Christopher Stokes. Anna Grace Carter (Kissless at NYMF) serves as Production Stage Manager. Ellyn Stein serves as Fight Director and Choreographer to the extreme hand-to-hand combat, with choreography from McCasland and Kathleen Gubitosi.
The 2-hour production, running from October 19th through October 31st, operates on a rep schedule: Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7pm, Fridays and Saturdays at 9:30pm and Sundays at 3pm. A special closing performance on Monday, October 31st, at 7pm will be followed by a costume ball. Join the Weird Sisters and bob for apples and party the holiday away with Beautiful Soup at Hecate's Club.
Each performance is presented with a ten-minute intermission, during which Hecate's Girls and Boys will take the stage. A wide array of New York burlesque performers, including Dot Mitzvah and Kitty Katstrophe, along with MACBETH cast-member Dom Crincoli (Lord Ross) in a lounge act inspired by Old Blue Eyes.
The 13th Street Repertory Company, founded in 1972 by Artistic Director Edith O'Hara, provides a place for actors, directors, playwrights and technicians to develop their craft in a caring, nurturing, professional environment. Anywhere between five to seven shows run weekly, including children's shows and the New Works Reading Series on weekends. The 13th Street Repertory Company is home to the longest running Off-Off-Broadway play, Israel Horovitz' LINE, now in its 38th year, and is a proud member of the Heart of Off-Broadway. THe theater is located at 50 West 13th Street, between 5th and 6th avenues.
About the Company: The Beautiful Soup Theater Collective
The Beautiful Soup Theater Collective was founded in the summer of 2010 by its Artistic Director, Steven Carl McCasland. McCasland, who founded Group Therapy Productions while a student at Pace University, has been directing in New York (Medea, A Streetcar Named Desire, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Antigone, Death of a Salesman, Hamlet, and others) since 2005.
Beautiful Soup uses theater to bring to light our own struggles and create a dialog. Exploring new works and classics in innovative ways, stretching a shoe-string budget to create visually enchanting minimalist productions, the Collective honors a different charitable organization with each production. Often using the themes of the play or musical to select the benficiary, a portion of funds raised at the box office are donated to the chosen charity.
While serving the community, the Soup strives to bring light to all types of theater, new and old. Each season, the Collective presents:
-one revival of a "lost" play
-one revival of a "lost" musical
-one classical play (typically Shakespearean or Greek)
-one play (comedy or drama) written after 1960 OR one new play
-one production for all ages
Previous productions include: the criticaly acclaimed world premiere play neat & tidy, the first New York revival of A Doll's Life which ran in repertory with Ibsen's A Doll's House,BLACK [Billy Learns About Captain Kirk] & BLUE, William Shakespeare's Hamlet, Crossing Brooklyn: a musical by Jenny Giering and Laura Harrington, The WSXR Players' Present Their June 7, 1944 Broadcast of William Shakespeare's TWELFTH NIGHT, or What You Will and Steven Carl McCasland's world premiere play, Alice Au Pays Des Merveilles (Alice's Adventures in Wonderland).
Theater can be for the masses if we let it. With The Beautiful Soup Theater Collective, you can return to your roots and explore the boundaries of theater while continuing to serve your community. Learn more at www.beautifulsouptheatercollective.org.
Cast: John Johmann, Laurie Jill, Rory Allan Meditz, Lena August, Mallory Berlin, Courtney De La Rigaudiere, Dom Crincoli, Spencer Gold, Kathleen Moran, Leo Kubota, Leonardo Abraham, Salvatore Casto
Wednesdays and Thursdays - 7pm
Fridays and Saturdays - 9:30pm (performance exactly 2 hours long)
Sunday at 3pm
Monday, October 31st [Halloween] - 7:00pm, followed by Costume Ball
Theater: 13th Street Repertory
Address: 50 W 13th Street
New York, NY 10011
Cost:$25.00 General/$20.00 Students and Seniors
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Tracy Jennissen Lady Macbeth
Tracy Jennissen (Stenographer / Nurse / Matron), originally from Canada, began her acting career with improv at The Second City. Since moving to New York she has graduated fro The Stella Adler Studio of Acting and has gained recognition for her talent in various roles. Theatre: Something Outrageous, (CXT Productions), Brooklyn Bets Alexi, (BBA Productions), Reality Sandwiches, (Kaleidoscope Films), The Woman and Top Girls (Stella Adler), Film: In Memory of Days to Come, Task Master and I Ate the Whole Thing.
Christopher Stokes MacDuff
Christopher Stokes (Benvolio): Christopher studied with the New Zenith Theatre in Connecticut working with and performing for young audiences and magnet schools. He received his B.F.A from Marymount Manhattan College in New York City. Off-off credits include: All Gone West, Othello, Ladies First (NY Premiere), Symphony Pastorale (NY Premiere) and Fuge Series (NY Premiere). International: Puck's Dream (Stockholm, Sweden). Other credits include: Dancing at Lughnasa, Twelfth Night, Life Under Water, 27 Wagons Full of Cotton and The Crucible.
Charles Baker King Duncan/DoctorCharles Baker recently began studying acting to further a lifelong interest in Shakespeare. His experience now includes Escalus in Measure for Measure, American Theatre of Actors (James Jennings, Director), and a Senator and Gratiano in Othello, produced by the Inner Circle Theater Company at Abingdon Theatre. His training has been at The Michael Howard Studios, at HB Studios, and in voice and speech, with Shane Ann Younts.