Wayward

Teaser

The three 'wayward sisters' retell the story of Macbeth, framed through a lens of toxic masculinity, exploring the double-edged act of engaging stories of trauma--the labor and vulnerability, and the potential for healing. Using the source language and new text, this adaptation of Shakespeare is chillingly relevant in our current political climate.

Genre

Classical tragedy; experimental; adaptation; poetic.

Characters

All three actors are femme (trans women, cis women, non-binary femmes); 20s-60s; any ethnicity (but no two actors share the same ethnicity)

Witch 1: Macbeth

Witch 2: Banquo, Malcom, Porter, Macduff, Old Man, Murderer, Lord, Lady Macduff, Seyton

Witch 3: Lady Macbeth, Ross, Duncan, Murderer, Lennox, Messenger, Young Siward

Content Advisory

Mature themes and language including: graphic depictions of violence, murder, sexism, corruption, possible nudity, death of children.

Production History

Development/Production: Produced as part of Brandeis University's Leonard Bernstein Festival of the Creative Arts 2017. Directed by playwright as a 'live dramaturgical process;' the production was essentially an extended, thorough workshop, designed to test and finalize the text. Professionally unproduced. 
 

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Actors:

Alex Wu

Roopa Boodhun

Joanna Murphy

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Prod Staff:

Ayelet Schrek

Tong Li

Madi Samus

BT Montrym

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Excerpt