The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.1992 Monday, 22 November 2004
Date: Sunday, 21 Nov 2004 13:16:24 -0500
Subject: 'Macbeth' with No Lady?
'Macbeth' with no lady?
Stephen Dillane brings the tragedy to life as the only actor onstage,
but it was a partnership with director Travis Preston that brought the
studied staging to REDCAT.
By Jan Breslauer
Special to The Times
Nov 21 2004
In a nearly pitch-dark room, the banquet scene from Shakespeare's
"Macbeth" is coming alive.
"Come, love and health to all ... ," intones the host as he crosses a
stage covered with shimmering black sand and makes his way toward a bank
of chairs that are suddenly - and invisibly - filled with feasting guests.
A ghost appears as the tormented Macbeth proposes a toast: "I drink to
th' general joy o' th' whole table, / And to our dear friend Banquo,
whom we miss."
It is a visceral scene, and Macbeth's anguish is palpable. Everyone is
there: a French-speaking Lady Macbeth at her husband's side, Banquo's
ghost and of course the reveling lords. But this is hardly Shakespearean
business as usual.
There is, after all, only one actor bringing this entire tragedy to life.
Yes, one: Stephen Dillane. And one director: Travis Preston. Together,
they have ensconced themselves in this black box theater on the CalArts
campus, bent on forging a staging of Shakespeare's play that is singular
in more than one sense of the word.
In "Macbeth (A Modern Ecstasy)," Dillane performs the whole play solo,
accompanied by a trio of musicians led by jazz artist Vinny Golia. The
production, which begins previews Tuesday, opens Dec. 1 at REDCAT.
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