Saturday, May 9, 2015

May 8, 2015 -- Friday with the Scottish Play

Ducks at Westchester Lagoon on a quiet afternoon. We had little time for pictures, but there's always time for ducks.

Our occupation for the evening was watching Lord and Lady MacBeth tear their world apart with their greed, and then guilt and grief.  David Edgecomb directed MacBeth at Cyrano's, with his wife Liz Ware as Lady McB, Mark Robokoff as McB, and Paul Schweigert as both Banquo and MacDuff. David staged it  in a modern setting -- spare, dark, and multi-media -- with Margret Hugi-Lewis doing set design, and Anne Freitag doing the costumes. The witches show up with iPads, Lady MacB is on her cellphone, and MacB wanders about the stage, often in a button-down shirt and tie with an incongruous dagger at his waist. The bubbling cauldron and Banquo's ghost are projected on the back wall, as is Birnham Wood coming to Dunsinane ("Macbeth shall never vanquished be, until Great Birnam wood to high Dunsinane hill Shall come against him"). Babies and children under 6 were not allowed -- seemed appropriate, given the themes and staging.

This was David and Liz's last play for the time being -- they are moving to Arizona. Everyone hopes that they will be back for more productions.

Ron Holmstrom made an appearance before the show -- not entirely sure why he was tuxedo-ed, but it suited him well. Then he went off to write a play.

That was the day, gray and rainy at the beginning and the end.

The Chugach Range from our deck, about 10:00 p.m.

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