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Macbeth: A Ceremony by The City Shakespeare Company

Saturday, August 3rd at 6 pm.

The Huffington Center at the St. Sophia Cathedral complex, 1324 S Normandie Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90006.

Free parking.

There is a reverence that I believe is missing from many interpretations of Shakespeare’s Macbeth, a reverence for the darkness in every human being and a reverence for the ceremony of witchcraft.

There. I said it.

I am afraid of witchcraft, ghosts, spells, etc. I’m not sure I could really ever put my finger on it, but something about mystical powers that I can’t understand but could be influenced by seems… scary. I can’t deny that, even as an adult, I’ve had heart-pounding moments where I thought I saw a ghost or felt the hair rising on my arms. For me, on some inexplicable level, these things are real. And there is no doubt that they are real in the world of Macbeth.

We at City Shakes have spent a lot of time contemplating this text. In fact, we’ve been massaging it for months and months (yes, massaging) but it wasn’t until recently that we were able to sum up what we want to create with our production: Ceremony.

This Saturday, members of our ensemble will gather very early in the morning and spend the day exploring this text. What does it sound like, feel like, taste like, smell like? What happens when I let it sit in my belly, and grow through my torso until it sprouts out my mouth? We will go places that I’m not sure I’ve ever been – and I’m a little bit afraid. What does it mean to dip into the depths of my capacity for ambition and selfishness? What does it mean to embrace my deepest desires instead of pushing them down? I’m not sure I know yet.

The day will culminate in a free performance, open to the public. We will not be performing the text of Macbeth: we will be performing the essence of Macbeth.

Please join us.

Saturday, August 3rd at 6 pm.

The Huffington Center at the St. Sophia Cathedral complex, 1324 S Normandie Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90006.

Free parking.

Allison Signature

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