Macbeth (Repertory)

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Macbeth (Repertory)

Post by Anthony De Luca » Sun Oct 11, 2020 2:21 pm

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Macbeth
Shanachie Repertory Company
Oct 12th - Oct 24th


Cast

Macbeth - Eregor Túr Gairdín
Lady Macbeth - Kiri Calderon-Spencer
Macduff - Marcus Spencer
Three Witches - Helen Payne/Leah Fuller/Phyllis Miller
Malcolm - Byron Warren
Banquo - Hugo Durant
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Re: Macbeth (Repertory)

Post by Anthony De Luca » Sun Oct 11, 2020 2:21 pm

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Act I

Three witches resolve to meet Macbeth after the battle. Victory is reported to King Duncan. Duncan is impressed by reports of Macbeth's conduct so transfers the rebellious Thane of Cawdor's title to him. The witches meet Macbeth and Banquo. The witches prophesy to Macbeth then Banquo then vanish. Ross and Angus arrive with news that accords with that same "prophetic greeting" (1.3.78). Macbeth muses much on "the swelling act / Of the imperial theme" (1.3.130-31) before suggesting they all move on. They meet Duncan. Duncan names Malcolm (Duncan's son) heir then says he will stay with Macbeth. Macbeth sets off ahead to tell his wife. Macbeth's wife has a letter from Macbeth. She muses too on the prospect of Macbeth becoming king as prophesied. She is interrupted by a messenger then by Macbeth. She advises Macbeth that Duncan must be "provided for" (1.5.67). Duncan arrives and is received kindly. Macbeth steps out from dining with Duncan and worries about consequences of killing him. His wife allays his anxiety and he is "settled" (1.7.80).

Act II

At night Banquo broaches the witches to Macbeth. Macbeth says he "think(s) not of them" (2.1.22) but would discuss the business at a suitable time. Macbeth's wife is waiting anxiously for Macbeth to kill Duncan. Macbeth arrives and is extremely distressed. He says that he has "done the deed" (2.2.15). He has brought the daggers which he should have planted with the drugged grooms but refuses to go back. His wife takes them and stresses the importance of smearing the grooms with blood. Macduff and Lennox are met at the gate then led to Duncan's door. Macduff goes through then Macbeth and Lennox discuss the "unruly" (2.3.54) night. Macduff reappears and proclaims horror. Macbeth and Lennox go through then Macduff raises an alarm to which all convene. "Those of his chamber" (2.3.102) are blamed and killed by Macbeth. All agree to meet and discuss besides Malcolm and Donalbain (Duncan's two sons) who flee. Ross discusses the situation with an old man until Macduff arrives with news that Malcolm and Donalbain are fled and held in suspicion and that Macbeth is named king.

Act III


Banquo muses on the situation. Macbeth and his wife are now king and queen and they meet Banquo then invite him to a feast. Macbeth has achieved what was prophesied for himself but disapproves of what was prophesied for Banquo (that he would "get kings, though [himself] be none" (1.3.67)). He meets two murderers therefore. They agree to kill Banquo and Fleance (Banquo's son). Macbeth and his wife discuss Banquo. Three murderers kill Banquo but Fleance escapes. Macbeth receives such news then sees Banquo's ghost sitting in his place at the feast. Macbeth reacts thereto and thereby "displace(s) the mirth" (3.4.107). He tells his wife that he will visit the witches tomorrow. Lennox questions a lord about Macduff.

Act IV

Macbeth meets the witches. They conjure apparitions to address his concerns then vanish. Macbeth learns that Macduff is in England. He has just been warned to "Beware Macduff" (4.1.70) so resolves to seize Macduff's property and slaughter his family. Ross discusses Macduff's flight with Macduff's wife then leaves her. A messenger advises Macduff's wife to flee then does so himself. Murderers enter. One of them kills her son. She flees while "crying 'Murder'" (SD 4.2.87). In England Malcolm goads Macduff to a "noble passion" (4.3.114). He is convinced thereby of Macduff's "good truth and honour" (4.3.117) so tells him that he has soldiers ready. Ross arrives and they share news including such of Macduff's slaughtered family.

Act V

A doctor and a gentlewoman observe Macbeth's wife walking and talking and apparently asleep. Military action against Macbeth begins with marches. Macbeth dismisses the news thereof and quotes the apparitions. The doctor tells Macbeth that he cannot cure Macbeth's wife. The forces marching against Macbeth all meet then move on against Macbeth. Macbeth continues to scoff at them until he is told that his wife is dead. He muses on futility and what the apparitions told him. Macduff seeks Macbeth in the field while Malcolm takes the castle. Macduff finds Macbeth. Macbeth is confident until he realises that he has misinterpreted the apparitions. His nihilism peaks but he will not yield. Macduff takes Macbeth's head to Malcolm and hails him King of Scotland. Malcolm distributes titles.

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Re: Macbeth (Repertory)

Post by Eregor » Sat Oct 24, 2020 7:52 pm

Though he had performed in a number of Shakespearean productions over the years--Edgar in King Lear, various roles in multiple runs of Henry V, and more--Eregor had never been in a production of MacBeth, let alone played the title role. So it was with no small amount of anticipation and relish that he approached the part.

It was a disturbing role, but a welcome challenge. The descent of a man from victory and prosperity as a thane, entrusted with the king's heir, down through murder and paranoia into insanity was a parade of emotion and dark moods that became a delight to portray on stage. He owed a lot to Jon Granger for his direction, but also for putting his faith in Eregor not to go too far into scenery-chewing territory. Plus, his castmates were a joy to work with, as always. His final scene against Marcus as MacDuff had both actors giving it their all.

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MACBETH
Why should I play the Roman fool and die
On mine own sword? Whiles I see lives, the gashes
Do better upon them.

Enter Macduff.

MACDUFF Turn, hellhound, turn!

MACBETH
Of all men else I have avoided thee.
But get thee back. My soul is too much charged
With blood of thine already.

MACDUFF I have no words;
My voice is in my sword, thou bloodier villain
Than terms can give thee out.

Fight. Alarum.

MACBETH
Thou losest labor.
As easy mayst thou the intrenchant air
With thy keen sword impress as make me bleed.
Let fall thy blade on vulnerable crests;
I bear a charmèd life, which must not yield
To one of woman born.

MACDUFF
Despair thy charm,
And let the angel whom thou still hast served
Tell thee Macduff was from his mother’s womb
Untimely ripped.

MACBETH
Accursèd be that tongue that tells me so,
For it hath cowed my better part of man!
And be these juggling fiends no more believed
That palter with us in a double sense,
That keep the word of promise to our ear
And break it to our hope. I’ll not fight with thee.

MACDUFF
Then yield thee, coward,
And live to be the show and gaze o’ th’ time.
We’ll have thee, as our rarer monsters are,
Painted upon a pole, and underwrit
“Here may you see the tyrant.”

MACBETH
I will not yield
To kiss the ground before young Malcolm’s feet
And to be baited with the rabble’s curse.
Though Birnam Wood be come to Dunsinane
And thou opposed, being of no woman born,
Yet I will try the last. Before my body
I throw my warlike shield. Lay on, Macduff,
And damned be him that first cries “Hold! Enough!”

They exit fighting. Alarums.

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To go from supreme confidence in his prophesied invincibility to shock at the realization of how wrong he was, and then defiance unto death... this was an experience in acting for which Eregor would ever be grateful.
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