No Name Collective Stages MACBETH in Brooklyn Navy Yard Warehouse
The No Name Collective, an emerging classics troupe, presents a novel interpretation of Shakespeare's "Macbeth" for eight performances only, tonight, October 31 to November 5, at The Yard, a warehouse space located at 16 Waverly Ave., Brooklyn Navy Yard.
The ensemble, whose mission is to present accessible versions of classic plays, will present a new-age Macbeth that questions the extent that gender affects the outcome of fate. Tatiana Baccari directs.
The production, presented in a long and cavernous warehouse, will have a contemporary and other-worldly feel. Its guiding principle is that in tragedy, not everything is controlled by fate. Witches make prophesies, but Macbeth makes decisions.
When Lady Macbeth implores the spirits to unsex her, her prayers are answered, conjuring a pivotal transformation. This staging explores what would happen if Macbeth and Lady Macbeth were offered new possibilities.
The production features an original score by Jeffrey Leiser with a mix of contemporary rhythmic electronic music and mystical, earthy sounds.
The No Name Collective was formed last year by Annaliese Kirby and Maggie Hood, who recruited a small group of members with a strong background in classical text training and a great love for Shakespeare. Their intention is to create performances that are accessible in every way. Its first production, then under the name of The CTC, was "A Midsummer Night's Dream" last winter at The Alchemical Theatre (near Union Square) for four nights. It was considered a great success and a proof-of-concept for their philosophy of mounting lucid productions with an ensemble that is collective by nature. The troupe is a fiscally-sponsored project of Fractured Atlas.
Director Tatiana Baccari, Florida born and Brooklyn-based, is an actor, writer and director. She was the 2015 Jeff Norton Dream Grant recipient for her play, Ghost Player, about a group of middle-aged Jewish kvetchers dealing with the effects of carrying the genetic mutation BRCA. She has assisted writer/directors Darci Picoult, Jo Bonney, and Ian Morgan. Other directing credits include "HVMLET" (Connelly Theater, SheNYC). She is a founding member of Experimental Bitch Presents and holds a BFA from NYU Tisch. (www.TatianaBaccari.com)
The actors are Daniel Cabrera, Ellie Gossage, Mark Hawkins, Marlena Holman, Maggie Hood, Allison Houser, Annaliese Kirby, Kellan Peavy, Ryan Salvato, Lauren Slakter, Reid Spencer, Roman Trevino and Jaya Tripathi. Choreographer is Hannah Allen. Set designer is Jennilee Aromando. Fight choreographer is Madeleine Emerick. Sound designer is Jeffrey Leiser. Costume designer is Madeline Wall. Assistant director is Lukas Papenfusscline. Stage Manager is Donnie Barbiea.
IF YOU GO:
October 31 to November 5, 2017
The Yard, 16 Waverly Ave., Brooklyn Navy Yard
Presented by No Name Theatre Collective (www.wearethenoname.com), a fiscally sponsored project of Fractured Atlas.
Tues-Fri at 7:30 PM, Sat & Sun at 2:00 PM and 7:00 PM
Tickets $30 general admission, $25 seniors and students.
Box office: 203/273-7820, www.artful.ly/no-name-theatre-collective.
Recommended travel directions, see www.wearethenoname.com/macbeth.
Running time: 2 hours incl. Intermission. Critics are invited to all performances.
Pictured: Kellan Peavy as Macbeth and Annaliese Kirby as Lady Macbeth. Photo by Kamoier Williams.