The lore around Macbeth is long and storied, dark and stormy. Supposedly cursed, even speaking the name Macbeth inside of a theater is considered as much bad luck as a walking under a ladder. That is why, when inside of a theater, Macbeth is often is referred to as The Scottish Play (or Mackers if you're a deep-theater nerd). There are many origin stories about the curse. Some say Shakespeare got the spells that three witches cast from a real coven. Others claim that because of the popularity of the show, theaters in financial trouble would mount it and then go out of business shortly afterwards.
Over the next few weekends, Stage Right and Dionysus Presents are doing a traveling adaptation of Macbeth, taking it from the Deschutes County Historical Museum to Deschutes Memorial Chapel & Gardens Cemetery, over to Maragas Winery and finishing at the Fir Street Park gazebo in Sisters—and perhaps staging the show outside a theater will be considered a technicality by the fates and the actors will be spared any ill luck (although already the production has had several cast turnovers).
Another reason to believe that the curse will be avoided is that this version of, let's call it Mackers, is not a ye olde style production, but streamlined and updated to the modern business world.
"The fact that we are staging this production in a modern corporate world really intrigues me; it kind of re-vamps Shakespeare's work in a way and feels fresh," explains Miranda Rose, co-producer, actress, and co-director (with Clinton K. Clark, who plays Mackers).
The rehearsal I attended was on the Drake Park stage just as the sun began to set; the outdoor setting breathed both fresh air and vibrancy into a familiar set and script. Clint Clark's take on Macbeth was fascinating, as he has stripped down the bravado and brought a wounded man to the storyline. Kit Foreman is fantastic as Lady Macbeth, her youth not a liability but an asset to what often can be an overly matronly role. And, David DaCosta also does his typically solid work as Macduff, bringing a gravitas that works as a sizzling counterpoint to Clark's Macbeth.
Macbeth (Mac on the Move)
7:30 pm, July 16-18 at the Deschutes Historical Society
7:30 pm, July 23-25 at the Deschutes Memorial Chapel and Gardens
7:30 pm, July 30 at Maragas Winery
7:30 pm, July 31-August 1 at Fir Street Park in Sisters