As the confetti still falls from ringing in the New Year, the cast and crew of Macbeth came together to celebrate the start of a new production. With The Arthur P. Solomon and Sally E. Lapides Artistic Director Curt Columbus at the helm, this production is bound for glory.
As you may know, Macbeth was Curt Columbus’ gateway into the theatre. At the age of 12, Curt made his on-stage debut as the titular character in his school’s production of this Shakespearean tragedy. Once a younger student asked for his autograph after the show, Curt was hooked on the fame and glory that inherently accompanied middle school productions of Shakespeare and the rest is history.
Curt, however, is not the only one with a close connection to the Scottish play. This year’s production of Macbeth will be Trinity Rep’s third time saying the cursed name under our roof. The first production opened 50 years ago on January 2, 1969. This production featured Barbara Meek, who had made her Trinity Rep debut earlier that season. The second production in 1992 starred Timothy Crowe and Anne Scurria as the leading players. The 1969 production was directed by our first artistic director Adrian Hall, the 1992 production was directed by previous artistic director Richard Jenkins, so it is only fitting that our current artistic director Curt Columbus direct this year’s production.
The powerful passions of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth are both scary and alluring. To Curt, there is no place scarier, yet more enticing than a nightclub. In this production, Macbeth will claw his way to the throne through the lens of a nightclub and the vigor of Scarface’s Tony Montana. As we follow Macbeth’s rise to power, we will be accompanied by local DJ and Brown/Trinity Rep MFA student Viraj Ghandi ‘18, who will be a live DJ for the production.
Setting the scene of this enticing nightclub is set designer Michael McGarty. Taking Curt’s vision of a found warehouse space turned nightclub, McGarty has filled the space with a large highway structure, hidden elevators, mirror boxes, and a netted floor battlefield. From top to bottom, this nightclub is cool, fun, and horrifying. The glitz and glam of this late night locale is courtesy of costume designer Andrew Jean, who revealed his plethora of gorgeous costume renderings. From Lady Macbeth to Banquo to Lady Macduff, the whole cast will be dressed to kill in their immaculate ensemble of pearls, suits, and athleisure apparel.
With a stellar cast, crew, and artistic team, including magic design by Nate Dendy, this production must be seen to be believed. Highlighting the multitudes of talent from all over our company, our community, and our education, this production will feature the best Trinity Rep has to offer.