(Fay Lynn, cast as Macbeth , during dress rehearsal at Kordazone Theatre in Windsor, Ontario, on Oct. 16, 2018. Photo above courtesy of Sean Westlake / Korda Artistic Productions / Churchwood Pictures.)
If the spectacular costumes in Korda Artistic Productions latest play, Macbeth, are any indication, then this show is going to thrill audiences. Fay Lynn has been cast in the lead role of Macbeth. Co-director Sean Westlake says, “we cast a female lead and she is totally killing it (pun intended)!”
“We actually ran our auditions gender blind, so anyone could read for any role. The best actors received the parts.”
The tale will unfold in an excitingly twisted post-apocalyptic domain with fight scenes choreographed by Westlake. “We are using live steel for the fight scenes,” explains Westlake. “I studied stage combat in Vegas back in 94, I’ve been waiting for this opportunity a very long time.”
In this production of Macbeth, a passionate general receives a prophecy from a trio of witches that one day he will be King. Consumed by ambition and spurred to action by his wife, Macbeth commits murder after murder to claim the throne and protect himself from enmity and suspicion, becoming an infamous tyrant ripe for bloody a downfall.
“We have chosen as our setting a post-apocalyptic society wherein gender roles are something chosen and performed rather than intrinsic, and hope you will follow us in this conceit, as we think it poses some interesting questions about violence and the nature of power in a primitive culture based on inheritance,” says co-director Martin Ouellette.
The cast bringing the story to life includes Fay Lynn, Emma Amlin, Clinton Hammond, Nicole Clark, Ezra Poku-Christian, Kerri Galloway, Matthew Froese, Dean Valentino, Jennifer Desaulniers, Zephyr, Cindy Pastorius, Alexandra Hristoff, Colin Zorzit, Kamilah Poku-Christian and Carly Morrison-Hart.
The show is produced by Alexandra Hristoff, with lighting and technical management by Carter Hind Dersch.
Macbeth takes place at Kordazone Theatre (2520 Seminole Street, Windsor, ON.) for ten performances: October 18, 19, 20, 21, 25, 26, 27 and November 1, 2 and 3, 2018.
Photos courtesy of Sean Westlake / Korda Artistic Productions / Churchwood Pictures