As some of you know, I have been working with Theatre Y since February on a production of MACBETH. First we met as a group of about 30, reading and analyzing the play, presenting propositions for how to play some scenes, switching roles, donning costumes, and generally enjoying each other’s company and the academic and physical exercise of working on one of Shakespeare’s most popular and difficult works.

In May, we met our director, Georges Bigot, the world renowned actor and director from Theatre du Soleil in Paris whose grand vision for the “nightmare of Macbeth” we are suppose to discover, embody, and present in October. After an arduous month-long rehearsal/audition process, Georges cast me as Macbeth. This is exciting and terrifying. Terrifying because this is the biggest, most demanding role I’ve ever taken on, and it will require all my skill and attention. Exciting because the ensemble I am working with are so talented, insightful, hard-working, and fun to be around that I enjoy working with them every day and look forward to going on this journey with them.

For those of you not familiar with the story, or if you didn’t pay attention in 10th grade English class, here’s a summary:

Part of the Shakespeare 400 Festival sponsored by Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Theatre Y presents William Shakespeare’s MACBETH. October 20 – December 4, 2016 at the Chopin Theatre. And please, whatever you do, don’t mention the name Macbeth.