Tom Gualtieri first performed “THAT PLAY: A Solo Macbeth” at the 2003 Midtown International Theatre Festival where it completely sold out its run while receiving across-the-board rave reviews and breathless standing ovations. He subsequently performed the now-infamous piece at The Kitchen Theatre in Ithaca, NY (more raves) and the now-defunct Belt Theatre, NYC (more standing ovations).
This season Stage Left Studio’s Cheryl King insisted that “THAT PLAY: A Solo Macbeth” be presented as a featured selection in her Left Out Festival beginning April 14 after which the show will continue at Stage Left Studio (214 West 30th Street – 6th Floor) through June 14.
By most scholarly accounts, Shakespeare’s “Macbeth” had its first public performance at London’s Globe Theatre in April 1611.
Four hundred and one years later co-authors Tom Gualtieri and Heather Hill have re-examined this bloodbath of cruelty, tyranny, treachery, violence, guilt, mayhem, bedlam, murder, madness, maelstrom, betrayal, abject arrogance and blind ambition with its added omnipotent narrator and other-worldly seductive score by Billboard Magazine’s #1 world chart artist, Erin Hill, and have settled down for a two-month run with an option to continue through December.
“Macbeth” is arguably Shakespeare’s bloodiest play opening amidst thunder and lightning with three witches projecting the unthinkable - regicide, assassination, massacre, insanity and decapitation.
Consumed by ambition and driven into action by his power-mad wife, Macbeth murders the Scottish King Duncan usurping the throne and crowning his vicious Lady Macbeth Queen.
The Macbeths spectacularly spiral downwards as they begin doing away with anyone who might even suspect them of their unthinkable crime.
The body count astronomically ascends until the lady of the house goes to her death completely bonkers minutes before Macduff beheads Macbeth for slaughtering his innocent family.
Mr. Gualtieri plays them all! The dead. The living. The slaughtered. The betrayed. The assassinated. The Kings. The Queens. The Ladies. The Lords. The thanes. The witches. The servants. The attendants. The Earls. The Generals. The sons.
He even plays the blood.
All to Erin Hill’s haunting score and seductive sound design.
Co-author Heather Hill directs.
Saturday, April 14 at 2:00pm (matinee)
Tuesday. April 17 at 7:30pm
Friday. April 20 at 7:30pm
Monday, April 30 at 7:30pm
Monday. May 7 at 7:30pm
Monday, May 14 at 7:30pm
Monday, May 21 at 7:30pm
Thursday, May 31 at 7:30pm
Thursday, June 7 at 7:30pm
Thursday, Jun 14 at 7:30pm
Theater: Stage Left Studio
Address: 214 West 30th Street
New York, NY 10018
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