Macbeth

  Directed by:  Ben Curns, Summer Fall 2017 American Shakespeare Center.

Concept:  The show was set traditionally Elizabethan with some room for dramatic liscence.  Weused some slightly more medieval layers and details especially for the witches to help tell this tale.  The English appeared most "advanced" with later silouettes, and metal armour.  As for the characters and palatte we chose to have Macbeth and Lady macbeth in increasingly light and innocent colors as they grow darker and darker.  We used makeup to show their sleepless and haggard lives towards the end of the play.  We wanted blood and gore and creepy ghosts.  Banquo was a truly bloody spectre with white contacts, and we cast his face seven times over for the procession of kings.  Winged hecate led medieval witches adorned with skull and claws and a number of animal parts.  All in all, a gritty aesthetic.

Photos by Tommy Thompson

Macbeth
Macbeth
Witches
Witches
Kyle Powell, Annabelle Rollinson, and Hillary Caldwell as the witches.
Kyle Powell, Annabelle Rollinson, and Hillary Caldwell as the witches.
Kyle Powell, Annabelle Rollinson, and Hillary Caldwell as the witches.
Kyle Powell, Annabelle Rollinson, and Hillary Caldwell as the witches.
The Weird sisters have their way with Macbeth.
The Weird sisters have their way with Macbeth.
The Bloody Sergeant (J.C. Long) tells King Duncan (Ronald Roman) of the battle.  Particularly cool here was the eyeless socket to which J.C. Long is due all credit.
The Bloody Sergeant (J.C. Long) tells King Duncan (Ronald Roman) of the battle. Particularly cool here was the eyeless socket to which J.C. Long is due all credit.
Angus
Angus
Ross- Generally indicative of the Scottish Thanes and lords.
Ross- Generally indicative of the Scottish Thanes and lords.
King Duncan Armored
King Duncan Armored
Ronald Roman as Duncan, and Topher Embrey as Lennox
Ronald Roman as Duncan, and Topher Embrey as Lennox
Duncan regalia
Duncan regalia
Ronald Roman as Duncan, and Kyle Powell as Donalbain (seven second quick change from witch!)
Ronald Roman as Duncan, and Kyle Powell as Donalbain (seven second quick change from witch!)
Josh Clark as Banquo
Josh Clark as Banquo
Macbeth Dressed down.
Macbeth Dressed down.
Calder Schilling as Macbeth
Calder Schilling as Macbeth
Calder Schilling as Macbeth
Calder Schilling as Macbeth
Lady Macbeth
Lady Macbeth
Ally Farzetta as Lady Macbeth
Ally Farzetta as Lady Macbeth
Lady Macbeth- "Honored Hostess"
Lady Macbeth- "Honored Hostess"
Lady Macbeth Spurs Macbeth's ambition.
Lady Macbeth Spurs Macbeth's ambition.
The deed is done
The deed is done
Coronation
Coronation
Calder Schilling and Ally Farzetta as Lady Macbeth and Macbeth.
Calder Schilling and Ally Farzetta as Lady Macbeth and Macbeth.
Seyton/ Porter/ Murderer
Seyton/ Porter/ Murderer
Seiten Agrees to do Machbeth's dirty work.
Seiten Agrees to do Machbeth's dirty work.
Macbeth as King
Macbeth as King
Macbeth is Freaked out
Macbeth is Freaked out
Banquo's Ghost.- Josh Clark
Banquo's Ghost.- Josh Clark
Hecate
Hecate
Mitchell McCollum as Hecate.
Mitchell McCollum as Hecate.
Constance Swain as Apparation
Constance Swain as Apparation
Ghost Banquo is crowned.
Ghost Banquo is crowned.
The Line of kings
The Line of kings
The conjuring.
The conjuring.
Macbeth wore tokens from the Witches
Macbeth wore tokens from the Witches
MacDuff
MacDuff
Macduff- fighting
Macduff- fighting
J.C. Long as Macduff
J.C. Long as Macduff
Constance Swain as Malcolm and J.C. Long as Macduff.
Constance Swain as Malcolm and J.C. Long as Macduff.