This one-act version of William Shakespeare’s Macbeth maintains the Bard’s original dialogue but changes the setting to a post-apocalyptic world affected by nuclear fallout. The setting allows for many opportunities for creative staging, props, music, and lighting. Three witches arise from piles of mannequin parts, looking as if they were just pieced together. Use of a shadow scrim intensifies the violent and edgy nature of the play. About an hour.
TREY CLARKSON TALKS ABOUT MACBETH FALLOUT:
Q: WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO WRITE THIS ADAPTATION?
A:. I wanted to adapt a Shakespearean tragedy with a more modern twist. Macbeth lends itself to the genre of post-apocalyptic because of all the violence.
Q: WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE PART OR LINE IN THE PLAY? WHY?
A: I love the interactions of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth. They are steeped in a power struggle and a bold ambition.
Q: WHAT WAS THE MOST DIFFICULT PART IN CREATING THIS ADAPTATION?
A: Working in the stylized elements while staying true to the amazing Shakespearean characters.
Q: WHAT DID YOU TRY TO ACHIEVE THROUGH THIS ADAPTATION?
A: An edgy and modern take on a classic. Bringing in the elements of the post-apocalyptic theme help build interest in Shakespeare in our culture, which is currently fascinated by dystopian tales.
Q: DO YOU HAVE ANYTHING ELSE YOU'D LIKE TO ADD?
A: Have fun with this piece. Make weapons and costumes. Get your hands dirty with Shakespeare.