Speakeysie News Desk – 9/5/2019
Atlanta’s Synchronicity Theatre will open its 22nd season with Erica Schmidt’s adaptation of William Shakespeare’s Mac | Beth, October 4 – 27, 2019. For tickets and information, please visit synchrotheatre.com or call 404-484-8636.
In this “inventive and gritty” 90-minute production, directed by Jennifer Alice Acker,writer Erica Schmidt, who is known for writing gutsy and bold contemporary plays and adaptations for ensembles of women, re-imagines Shakespeare’s most supernatural tragedywithin the framework of modern-day Catholic school girls studying Macbeth.
Composed almost entirely of Shakespeare’s verse, the seven students throw down their scripts and reenact the witches foretelling the reign of Macbeth (Emily Nedvidek), and the reign of the descendants of Banquo (Ash Anderson). Macbeth is determined to fulfill a prophecy that requires the murder of the current King — and then anyone who might catch wind of this regicide. As the bodies pile up, Macbeth becomes increasingly violent and paranoid –- resulting in a shocking twist. (Theatermania)
The cast includes Atlanta-based actors Emily Nedvidek (MacBeth),Antonia LaChé (Lady MacBeth), Anna Williford (MacDuff), Ash Anderson (Banquo), Shannon McCarren (Witch 1/Porter), Abby Holland (Witch 3/Malcolm), andJasmine Thomas (Witch 2/Duncan).
Show times for Mac | Beth are Wednesdays to Saturdays at 8:00pm, and Sundays at 5:00pm. All performances will be at Synchronicity Theatre in Midtown Atlanta’s Peachtree Pointe complex.
October 4 – 27, 2019
Mac | Beth
By William Shakespeare, Adapted by Erica Schmidt
Directed by Jennifer Alice Acker
Wednesday – Saturday at 8 p.m.
Sunday at 5 p.m.
Preview Performance | Thursday, October 3, 2019 at 8 p.m.
Pay-What-You-Can Industry Night | Monday, October 21, 2019 at 8 p.m.
Inside Scoop | Sunday, October 20, 2019 after 5 p.m. Matinee
Special School Matinees | Tuesday, October 8 and October 15, 2019 at 10:30 a.m.
Every Wednesday | Pay-What-You-Can at the Door
All Fridays (except Opening Night) | Free Drink Friday
On an autumn afternoon, in an empty lot outside the city, seven girls meet up to do a play. The girls are witches, ghosts, and kings. They hurl headlong into the unchecked passions of Macbeth—in Shakespeare’s original text—as the line between real life and blood fantasy quickly blurs. Through prophecies and smartphones, unexpected circumstances emerge from Shakespeare’s dark nightmare of ambition gone awry.
CASTMacBeth – Emily Nedvidek
Lady MacBeth – Antonia LaChé
MacDuff – Anna Williford
Banquo – Ash Anderson
Witch 1/Porter, etc. – Shannon McCarren
Witch 3/Malcolm, etc. – Abby Holland
Witch 2/Duncan, etc. – Jasmine Thomas
Director – Jennifer Alice Acker
Stage Manager – Dakota Adams
Production Manager – Vallea E. Woodbury
Sound Designer – Kacie Willis
Set Designer – Kristina Adler
Costume Designer – Cole Spivia
Technical Director – Lindsay Eisold
Lighting Designer – Jsayla Martin
Properties Designer – Samantha Eubanks
ABOUT SYNCHRONICITY THEATRE
Synchronicity Theatre produces smart, gutsy, bold theatre that sparks community connections, uplifts the voices of women and girls, forges long-term and effective community partnerships, and develops new work. Synchronicity reaches nearly 14,000 patrons a year through its season of plays for adults (Bold Voices) and families (Family Series); community outreach; and educational programming, including Playmaking for Kids (PFK) and the award-winning Playmaking for Girls (PFG). An intimate theatre in the heart of midtown at Peachtree Pointe became Synchronicity’s home for its main stage productions in the summer of 2014. The theatre also serves as a rental venue for independent film, dance, theatre and other projects. The Company recently opened the Synchronicity Annex, a new office, class, events and rehearsal space in Piedmont Heights, Atlanta.