Vivian Beaumont Theatre, (11/21/2013 - 1/12/2014)

First Preview: Oct 25, 2013
Opening Date: Nov 21, 2013
Closing Date: Jan 12, 2014
Total Previews: 30
Total Performances: 60

Category: Play, Tragedy, Revival, Broadway
Setting: Scotland and England.

Opening Night Production Staff

Theatre Owned / Operated by Lincoln Center Theater (André Bishop: Producing Artistic Director; Adam Siegel: Managing Director; Hattie K. Jutagir, Executive Director of Development and Planning)

Produced by Lincoln Center Theater (André Bishop: Producing Artistic Director; Adam Siegel: Managing Director; Hattie K. Jutagir, Executive Director of Development and Planning)

Written by William Shakespeare; Original Music: Mark Bennett; Associate Composer: Curtis Moore

Directed by Jack O'Brien; Associate Director: Benjamin Endsley Klein

Scenic Design by Scott Pask; Costume Design by Catherine Zuber; Lighting Design by Japhy Weideman; Sound Design by Mark Bennett; Projection Design by Jeff Sugg; Hair and Wig Design by David Brian Brown; Make-Up Design by Angelina Avallone; Associate Scenic Design: Jeffrey Hinchee and Frank McCullough; Associate Costume Design: Ryan Park; Associate Lighting Design: Gary Slootskiy; Associate Sound Design: Charles Coes; Associate Projection Design: Daniel Vatsky; Assistant Hair and Wig Design: Mitchell Beck and JT Franchuk; Assistant Make-Up Design: Robert Amodeo

General Manager: Jessica Niebanck; Company Manager: Matthew Markoff; Associate Gen. Mgr: Meghan Lantzy; Assistant Co. Mgr: Jessica Fried

Production Manager: Jeff Hamlin; Stage Manager: Tripp Phillips; Associate Prod. Mgr: Paul Smithyman; Assistant Stage Mgr: Jason Hindelang

Fight direction by Steve Rankin; Casting: Daniel Swee; LCT Director of Marketing: Linda Mason Ross; General Press Representative: Philip Rinaldi; Advertising: Serino Coyne; Marketing Promotion: Serino Coyne; Digital Outreach: Serino Coyne; Assistant Fight Director: Shad Ramsey; Fight Captain: Derek Wilson; Voice and Speech Consultant: Elizabeth Smith; Dramaturg: Dakin Matthews; Photographer: T. Charles Erickson; Video Services: Fresh Produce Productions; Digital Outreach Associate: Ian Weiss; Videographer: Frank Basile

Opening Night Cast

Bianca AmatoLady Macduff
Shirine BabbEnsemble
John Patrick DohertyCathness
Anne-Marie Duff
Broadway debut
Lady Macbeth
Austin DurantSecond Murderer
Richard EastonDuncan
King of Scotland
Francesca FaridanyHecate
Stephanie FiegerHarpier
Malcolm GetsWitch
a nobleman
John GloverWitch
Third Murderer
Ethan HawkeMacbeth
a general of the Scottish army
Ben HornerFirst Murderer
Ruy IskandarDonalbain
son of Duncan
Brian d'Arcy JamesBanquo
a general of the Scottish army
Byron JenningsWitch
Bloody Sergeant
Paul KitePaddock
Aaron KrohnRosse
Jeremiah MaestasSeyton
an officer attending on Macbeth
Christopher McHaleOld Man
An English Doctor
Jonny OrsiniMalcolm
son of Duncan
Sam PoonMacduff Boy
Triney SandovalMenteth
Nathan StarkFleance
son of Banquo
Daniel SunjataMacduff
a nobleman of Scotland
Patrick VaillGraymalkin
Tyler Lansing WeaksYoung Siward
Derek WilsonLennox
a nobleman

Understudies: Shirine Babb (Harpier, Lady Macbeth, Paddock), Zane King Beers (Macduff Boy), John Patrick Doherty (Bloody Sergeant, Lord, Porter, Third Murderer, Witch), Austin Durant (Banquo, Duncan), Stephanie Fieger (Hecate, Lady Macduff), Ben Horner (Lennox, Macduff), Ruy Iskandar (Malcolm, Young Siward), Paul Kite (Cathness, Seyton), Jeremiah Maestas (Harpier), Christopher McHale (Second Murderer, Siward), Triney Sandoval (An English Doctor, Messenger, Old Man, Rosse), Nathan Stark (Menteth), Patrick Vaill (Angus, First Murderer, Porter, Third Murderer, Witch), Tyler Lansing Weaks (Donalbain, Fleance, Graymalkin) and Derek Wilson (Macbeth)

Awards and Nominations

Drama Desk Award

 2014 Outstanding Lighting Design [nominee] 

Japhy Weideman


AP: "Ethan Hawke is a broody monarch in elegant 'Macbeth' at Lincoln Center"

What's black and white and red all over — but mostly black?

The answer is the elegantly noir production of William Shakespeare's "Macbeth" that opened Thursday night at Lincoln Center's Vivian Beaumont Theater, starring Ethan Hawke and Anne-Marie Duff as the murderously ambitious power-couple.

Director Jack O'Brien ("The Nance," ''Dead Accounts") has set the Scottish tragedy amid appropriately dark, ominously towering walls, on a pitch-black stage engraved with a pentagram and other magical symbols that reflect the extensive presence of sorcery. Nightmarish lighting, discordant music and frequent haze envelop an excellent ensemble. Leathery battle costumes, elegant men's frock coats, and simple gowns for the few ladies present add a timeless air.

Duff, making a triumphant American debut, is an exquisite Lady Macbeth. Generally gowned in white, in contrast to her character's black soul, Duff expresses a range of emotions. She's initially taut and steel-spined as Lady Macbeth hectors her malleable husband into murdering their king, then gamely tries to cover for her unstable spouse during a sumptuously staged banquet. Duff subtly shows Lady Macbeth's triumph dissipating into unease and then despair, as she eventually gives in to madness, and eloquently utters the famous "out damn spot" cries before her character fades away into insanity and death.

Hawke, previously directed by O'Brien for Tony Award-nominated work in "The Coast of Utopia," gives an equally impassioned performance, although his Macbeth is modern, introspective and boyish. He drifts around the stage, waves his arms despairingly, and at one point even seems to lapse into a Southern accent.

While Hawke capably conveys Macbeth's inner torment and uneasiness with his crimes, his dialogue is occasionally mumbled or rushed, possibly due to his Macbeth-as-Everyman choice. He pulls out some gravitas after being crowned as king, and becomes credibly anguished when displaying Macbeth's growing insecurities and then guilt over his relentless, grisly betrayals.

Other compelling performances add brightness to the stream of dark deeds. John Glover, briefly humorous as the playful porter, is generally fierce as one of the three "weird sisters," and Francesca Faridany is majestic and intimidating as angry goddess Hecate. Brian d'Arcy James radiates nobility as Banquo, and Daniel Sunjata performs Macduff with gusto. Bianca Amato makes a brief, welcome appearance as the doomed Lady Macduff.

O'Brien's inventive staging encompasses aggressive choreography of strenuous battle enactments, along with darkly fanciful supernatural scenes. The all-male witch trio (Glover, Byron Jennings and Malcolm Gets) swirls around the stage, eerily flicking their hooded cloaks to assume a mortal guise and blend in everywhere.

Like the evil sprites that occasionally burst onstage from the underworld, those often-present witches are unsettling reminders of two things that intrigued Shakespeare and us to this day: the dark side that might catch spark inside anyone, and the inescapable consequences that usually ensue.


New York Daily News: "Macbeth"

Someone wicked this way comes. It’s Ethan Hawke and he wreaks bloody murder in “Macbeth.”

Over the play’s 2 1/2 hours, the 43-year-old actor churns up a cauldronful of emotions — from shaky uncertainty to bold determination — and ably anchors Shakespeare’s tragedy.

But, in the end, he’s upstaged by a beguiling bouquet of blood red roses and some stage magic.

For the first few scenes, those crimson blooms, dramatically spotlit at dead center stage, provide the lone burst of color beyond black, which is the shade of the set and costumes.

As the doomed Duncan is slain offstage, the flowers morph — blooms go off the roses as if to emphasize “the fog and filthy air” the Bard describes. Nothing beautiful survives in this toxic place. It’s a lean-forward moment.

Elsewhere, the staging is thorny and hit-and-miss.

Director Jack O’Brien, who guided Hawke through “Henry IV” and “The Coast of Utopia” on the same stage, envisions the tale of unbridled ambition as a living nightmare.

That fits. And anything goes in a dark fever dream. That means witchcraft goddess Hecate (Francesca Faridany) appears in all her devilish glory, including a crazy coif a la “Shear Genius” and wearing a furry getup that looks like she raided Lady Gaga’s closet. She’s followed by a creepy coterie of actors on all fours.

Between those crawling beasts and Mark Bennett’s spooky music, there’s a not entirely welcome Halloween-party feel at times.

Hecate’s hags are played by Malcolm Gets, Byron Jennings and John Glover. In an inspired stroke, the witches assume other roles, too, so they’re nearly always in view. It’s a smart way of indicating that once Macbeth lets evil in, it’s there to stay.

As in most Shakespeare productions, performances are all over the map. On the plus side, British actress Anne-Marie Duff rocks steady in her Broadway debut as Lady Macbeth. She’s ravenous and kinky as the woman behind the man.

Richard Easton and Brian d’Arcy James lend gravity, respectively, as the doomed Duncan and Banquo.

On the downside, Daniel Sunjata (“Rescue Me,” “Take Me Out”) has the rugged presence to be a great Macduff, but speaks too floridly. Jonny Orsini, so fine last season in “The Nance,” is too farm-fresh as Malcolm, even if Duncan’s son is a bit naive.

But, of course, it’s Hawke’s show. He shows little sign of the froggy-throated hoarseness that often pocks his stage performances. As Macbeth, he talks the talk and walks the walk — straight to hell.

New York Daily News

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