A Horror-Genre-Inspired MACBETH Arrives in NYC Just in Time for Halloween
The Crook Theater Company is thrilled to present a spine-tingling adaptation of William Shakespeare’s MACBETH, adapted and directed by Raife Baker. MACBETH begins performances on Thursday, October 25 for a limited engagement through Sunday, November 4. Press Opening is Wednesday, October 31 at 8 PM. Performances are at Access Theater (380 Broadway, at White Street. Via subway, take C, E, 6, J, Z to Canal). The performance schedule is Monday, Wednesday – Friday at 8 PM; Saturday at 2 PM & 8 PM; and Sunday at 2 PM. The regular ticket price is $18. For tickets, call Brown Paper Tickets on 1-800-838-3006 or visit http://macbeth.brownpapertickets.com. For more information, visit www.thecrooktheatercompany.com.
A demented twist on a terrifying tragedy, The Crook Theater Company’s MACBETH mines the Scottish play for deep horror and dark comedy. The troubled thane and his fiend-like queen let nothing stand in the way of becoming the last men standing. This gender-bending adaptation highlights most frightening aspects of Shakespeare’s story, setting the play in a bleak future full of violence and betrayal, and devoid of hope. Demons, witches, zombies, and bloody murder make this the perfect Halloween treat!
MACBETH marks the third production for young The Crook Theater Company, following The House of Yes in 2008 and Plunge in 2011.
The cast features Teddy Alvaro, Jacob Cribbs. Marisa Duchowny, Daniel K. Isaac, Benjamin Kahre, Dan Morrison, Lloyd Mulvey, Richard Prioleau, Ed Renninger, and Max Rosenak.
The creative team includes Dan Rousseau (lighting design); Roy Howington (set design); PK Pickens (sound design); Dan Morrison (costume & makeup design); and Jay Marks (animation). The production stage manager is Whitney Dearden.
Originally from the state of Georgia, Raife Baker (adaptation/director) holds a BA in Philosophy and Theater Studies from Emory University, and an MFA from the American Conservatory Theater. He has worked as a theater artist in Atlanta, Chicago, San Francisco, and New York, and in 2011 was the recipient of the Tanne Foundation’s Award for Artistic Excellence. A Co-Founder of The Crook Theater Company, he has acted in their previous New York productions of The House of Yes, and Plunge. He has appeared in The New York International Fringe Festival, as well as performing regionally in Twelfth Night and Richard III at California Shakespeare Theater, A Christmas Carol and The Government Inspector at A.C.T., King John and Measure for Measure at Chicago Shakespeare Theater, and 30 Below with Atlanta’s Out of Hand Theater. Raife has taught and directed in A.C.T.’s prestigious Young Conservatory, as well as being a guest artist and master-class instructor at Northwestern’s Cherubs program for young actors. He is passionate about reimagining and adapting classic literary works. Raife work-shopped and appeared in a one man show, based on Crow—a book of poems by Ted Hughes—directed by Vincent Murphy, in Atlanta. He has also adapted a folk-punk -musical version of Measure for Measure (music by PK Pickens, directed by Lori Hudson), which culminated in a staged reading in New York.
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