Macbeth

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William Shakespeare’s Macbeth gets a daring new production in Downtown LA’s arts district thanks to 134 West. Directed by Alyssa Escalante, this Macbeth, set in a near future desert landscape, will have a limited engagement at Art Share L.A. from Thursday, August 15 through Saturday, September 7, 2019. Produced by Susan Lambert Hatem, Macbeth persists as one of Shakespeare’s most popular and most produced plays because of its deeply human themes. And yet, there remains so much to be discovered in its haunting poetry. The 134 West team will transform Art Share LA.’s space, known for its many artistic and creative events, for Macbeth, which has the distinction of being the first play to have a full run in the space. For information and tickets, please visit http://macbethla.com.

“This production offers an alternate perspective of ambition, specifically through the lens of youth,” says director Escalante. “This Macbeth is a cautionary coming of age story about the decisions we face in pursuit of our goals and the futileness of satisfaction.”

MACBETH SYNOPSIS:
William Shakespeare’s Macbeth is a coming of age story of a young man at a crossroads in which he is confronted with the man he is and the man he has always imagined himself to be. Offered his heart’s desire, and supported by the powerful love of his “dearest partner,” Macbeth goes against his very nature to become king, but at the cost of his soul and the destruction of his sanity. The partners take a course of action, which simultaneously brings them all they ever dreamed possible while destroying the world around them and each other, leaving them with a haunting wisdom far beyond their years.

ABOUT THIS PRODUCTION:
Set in the beautiful but dangerous landscape of the desert in a future reality, 134 West’s production offers an alternative perspective of ambition, specifically powered by youth. Who better to bring the boldness required to conquer such a production than young artists who are in the midst of wrestling with ambition themselves?

The youthful but experienced production team from 134 West has collaborated before on Homeward LA and Confidence (and The Speech), but Macbeth offers an exciting opportunity to produce one of Shakespeare’s most challenging plays. And Art Share L.A.’s unique event space is the perfect venue to realize the vision for this production. “Art Share L.A. has been a great partner for us,” explains producer Lambert Hatem, “They have presented so many artistic and exciting events, but Macbeth is the first full-run of a play in their space. Our designers are inspired to transform the space and bring the audience into the world of our Macbeth.”

In addition to Escalante and Hatem, Megan Ruble and Tristan Waldron round out theMacbeth producing team. Additional Macbeth production members include Scenic and Props Designer Courtney Dusenberry, Costume Designer Ariel Boroff, Lighting Designer Adam Roy and Sound Designer Jeremiah Pfleiger. Original compositions are by Tyler Westen with photography by Ashly Covington.

Macbeth Cast:
• José Angel Donaldo - Banquo
• Tommy Franklin - Duncan, Siward
• Derick Gonzales - Young Siward, Ensemble
• Dashiell Hatem - Fleance
• Jonathan Hoskins - Murderer, Doctor, Ensemble
• Nicole Knudsen - Lennox
• Tatiana Caress Louder - Malcolm
• Ashley Victoria Robinson - Witch
• Megan Ruble - Lady Macbeth
• Alexander Sheldon - Captain, Seitan, Ensemble
• Akira Sky - Witch
• Tessa Hope Slovis - Macduff
• Amanda Sylvia Wagner - Witch, Lady Macduff
• Tristan Waldron - Macbeth
• Roberto Williams - Ross
ABOUT:

ALYSSA ESCALANTE (Director/Producer) –
Alyssa Escalante most recently directed a staged reading of Confidence (and the Speech) by fellow Co-producer Susan Lambert Hatem, which goes on to a New York production this fall. Last year she directed a production of Homeward LA, a 10-day fundraiser benefiting the Midnight Mission to help end homelessness in Los Angeles. In addition to directing, Escalante has built a career as an Equity stage manager over the last nine years in Los Angeles and New York.

SUSAN LAMBERT HATEM (Producer) –
Susan Lambert Hatem is a writer, producer and director. Her past favorite projects include Ty The Pie Guy, O BABY MINE: Sing a Song of Shakespeare, Bend in the Road: The Anne of Green Gables Musical, Poison Apple and An Appalachian Twelfth Night. Her first full-length play, Confidence (and The Speech), will premiere Off-Broadway this November. Lambert Hatem was also Creative Content Director for Walt Disney Studios, producing over 100 movie campaigns, including Finding Nemo, Pirates of the Caribbean and The Incredibles. She developed the first Disney Pictures mobile site and holds a patent for Disney’s first online entertainment ticketing system. Before Disney, Lambert Hatem was a screenwriter and entertainment journalist for Boxoffice Magazine, Variety and Produced By magazine. More at:http://susanlamberthatem.com; Twitter: @susanlambert

134 WEST (Presenter) –
134 West is an award-winning production company specializing in theatrical and film development. The company has produced work at the Hollywood Fringe, New York Fringe, New York Musical Theatre Festival, Pasadena Playhouse, San Gabriel Mission Playhouse and The Public Theatre. 134 West has produced content for Amazon Video, Disney, Dreamworks Animation, Google, and FilmDistrict. Favorite independent projects that 134 West has produced include Ty the Pie Guy, Bend in the Road: The Anne of Green Gables Musical, O BABY MINE: Sing a Song of Shakespeare, An Appalachian Twelfth Night and Fringe Festival favorite Poison Apple.

Reviews

Stephen Fife

It gives me no pleasure to report that the acting styles are all over the place, and most of the performers are simply not up to the very demanding task of making Shakespeare’s scenes come alive, making his brilliant words sing. There are exceptions.

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Matt Ritchey

Neither the actors nor the director fully understood the language in Macbeth. Words are mispronounced, character motive is ignored, and lines are broken apart, either to be artistic and “do something new” which changes the meaning or because they simply don’t understand what they are talking about.

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Patrick Chavis

134 West presents William Shakespeare’s Macbeth boasts some fantastic performances in an ineffective setting with space issues.

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Stephen Fife

It gives me no pleasure to report that the acting styles are all over the place, and most of the performers are simply not up to the very demanding task of making Shakespeare’s scenes come alive, making his brilliant words sing. There are exceptions.

sour - Stephen Fife - Stage Raw - ...read full review


Matt Ritchey

Neither the actors nor the director fully understood the language in Macbeth. Words are mispronounced, character motive is ignored, and lines are broken apart, either to be artistic and “do something new” which changes the meaning or because they simply don’t understand what they are talking about.

sour - Matt Ritchey - Gia On the Move - ...read full review


Patrick Chavis

134 West presents William Shakespeare’s Macbeth boasts some fantastic performances in an ineffective setting with space issues.

sweet-sour - Patrick Chavis - LA Theatre Bites - ...read full review