Category Archives: witchcraft

My Girlfriend Was a Jailhouse Witch!

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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.

Organs, Pummeled.

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My buddy Joe recommended the review simply read, “Manson. Slayer. Fuck, yeah!” He wasn’t at the show, but it turns out he was at least half-right.

FACT:  This was the loudest show I have ever attended.

Thanks to Capt. Miller (Ret.) for fellowship, transportation, ear plugs, and research assistance.

Love & War, Rehearsed

So, Miss Crooks’s Fringe Festival show, Love & War with the Bard’s Dames and Broads, opens tomorrow night. You can get a two-for-one ticket deal if you act fast. Meanwhile, the CityPaper’s Dave Nuttycombe has posted some video he shot at their rehearsal the other night as part of CP’s Fringe & Purge coverage. Here it is for your viewing pleasure.

I hope to see you all there!
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Bloody, Bold, and Resolute. Also, naked.

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Daniel Eichner is MacBeth and Kathleen Akerley is his persuasive lady.

Behold my DCist review of the Washington Shakespeare Company’s all-nude production of MacBeth.