Red Bull Theater opened its production of Mac Beth, an adaptation of Shakespeare's Macbeth directed by Erica Scmidt, on Sunday, May 19. The production runs through June 9 at the Lucille Lortel Theatre.
The company is made up of Isabelle Fuhrman, Ismenia Mendes, AnnaSophia Robb, Sharlene Cruz, Sophie Kelly-Hedrick, Lily Santiago, and Ayana Workman. In Schmidt's production, seven girls meet up to do a play in an empty lot outside the city on an autumn afternoon. School uniform tartan transforms in this American urban wasteland. The girls are witches, ghosts, and kings. Using only Shakespeare's text, they hurl headlong into the unchecked passions of Macbeth as the line between real life and blood fantasy quickly blurs. Through prophecies and smartphones, unexpected resonances emerge from Shakespeare's dark nightmare of ambition gone awry.
Guests included Taylor Schilling (Orange Is the New Black) and Peter Dinklage — who attended this production, directed by his wife, as the Game of Thrones series finale was airing on HBO.