For some reason, the cosmic energies of the world have led to multiple theater companies producing Macbeth this Fall.
Because of our rehearsal schedule, I am unlikely to get down to Northern Stage in White River Junction, but they are in the middle of their run of the Scottish Play right now.
From what I gather, by reading Jim Lowe's review, and looking at their poster art, their production is set in modern times and has a strong political point of view. The image of Macbeth's head, his back to us, with his crown in flames and images of destruction within the flames, makes a strong statement about the focus of their production.
This is what is so grand about Shakespeare! There are so many different ways to approach each work.
Our poster is an image of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth in an intense moment which brings to mind their relationship and their different feelings and thoughts about the crime they are to commit.
This reflects the main focus of our production, which I would say is the inner battle being waged within Macbeth, and in his relationships.
I urge people to go to both shows, if possible! It is really fascinating to see the different choices that directors and actors make. There is an infinity of room for interpretation, and I guarantee that you will come away stimulated by the differences, and perhaps also, the similarities in our work.
If you haven't seen Northern Stage's beautiful new theater building, this would be an excellent time to go!