It’s true! Yesterday afternoon, the Chesapeake Shakespeare Company brought their production of the Bard’s best and only occult-tinged Scottish tragedy, MacBeth, to the Patuxent Institution, an 800-inmate, maximum security prison in Jessup, MD. Miss Crooks plays Witch #2, barely visible in the background at left in the photo.
The Washington Post and the Baltimore Sun both ran stories today; I’ve linked to both. The Post’s coverage, in particular, looks great in today’s Metro section, with lots of big, bold photos. William Wan’s story isn’t too shabby, either.
It’s all a little reminicsent of “Act V,” Jack Hitt’s superb This American Life story from 2002 about a production of Hamlet at the Missouri Eastern Correctional Center, rehearsed and staged by the inmates. Though I guess this is more like Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison, or even better, Johnny Cash at San Quentin.
CSC is a solid company whose productions have been growing steadily in quality and ambition for several years now. The other venues on their current mini-tour of MacBeth have been tony private schools; here’s hoping the publicity from the prison show will help them get to perform in front of kids who don’t already have plenty of opportunities to experience Shakespeare.
Tickets for performances of CSC’s MacBeth at the Howard County Arts Center are available here.
Bettye LaVette at Wolf Trap on Halloween night. Even better than it sounds. Even better than, um, 95 percent of the concerts I’ve seen since — gosh, it was just really, really good!
Read all about it in today’s Paper of Record.
01 The Stealer
02 Still Want to Be Your Baby (Take Me Like I Am)
06 Down to Zero
07 The Call It Love
08 I Guess We Shouldn’t Talk About That Now
09 My Man – He’s a Loving Man
10 You Don’t Know Me at All
11 Talking Old Soldiers
12 Right in the Middle of It (Falling in Love)*
13 Close as I’ll Get to Heaven
14 Before the Money Came (The Battle of Bettye LaVette)
15 Sleep to Dream
16 I Do Not Want What I Haven’t Got (a cappella, no mic, incredible)
*I’m not entirely sure about the title on this one.
Arlington-based comix editor Jason Rodriguez’s new graphic anthology, Postcards: True Stories that Never Happened, is published today, along with my DCist review. If you’re free tonight, drop by Olsson’s in Dupont Circle at 7, where Jason will be signing and dicussing the book along with creators Matt Dembicki, Danielle Corsetto, and Robert Tinnell.
Here’s a page from Philip Hester’s “A Joyous Eastertide,” one of my favorite stories from the book.
Years ago, when I interned for a not-great, not-metropolitan newspaper, a guy tried to hold up a bank wearing a Bob Dole mask.
This crook was far more inspired. It’s not Spidey’s first act of larceny, either.