Kabuki Lady Macbeth presents Shakespeare's story from its heroine's point of view, exploring her desires and motives. Though witches called Light, Shadow and Destiny lead us through the tale and warn that balancing light and dark, brave and gentle, is the way to a happy life, they wickedly midwife lady M's transformation from gentle lady to snake demon. When Lady M turns her "flesh to hot steel" in order to empower her husband, their passionate relationship and daring ambition enflame the couple to murder the Shogun, who stands in their way. However, Macbeth loses his balance in the crime that makes him Shogun, and the shaken Lady M, unable to enjoy being Lady Shogun, begs their friend Macduff to bring his family to court, so his wife and laughing children can comfort her. But Macbeth sends an assassin to kill Macduff's family, leaving Lady M in shock, playing madly with the severed heads of Macduff's family, whom she loved. The witches lead in Macduff, whose grief has given him the power to be one with his sword. Lady M, unable to save Macbeth, begs to be killed. The mystical power achieved by purity and honor is lost to Macbeth and won by Macduff as the witches console him: "Rise. Look to the sun. When evil is set loose, it will be someone's destiny to bleach the earth."
- Type of Show Full-length Play
- Product Code K30000
- Cast Size 7
- Min. Royalty Rate $90/perf
- Cost $10.95
- Approx. Run Time 100 min
- Target Audience Middle School | High School | College and Adult
- Performing Group High School | College Theatre | Community Theatre | Dinner Theatre
- Genre Drama
- ISBN(13) 9781583423332
- "I cannot tell you how much fun we have had, and the educational value of the material has been immeasurable. I have been directing since 1974 and 'old timers' who saw our recent public performance indicated this is one of their all-time favorite shows. The comments on the color and visual stimulus from the show have been incredibly positive, not to mention that I think the acting is pretty doggone good, too!"
- Review by Larry Mathis, Brownwood High School, Brownwood, Texas
Media Reviews"Kabuki meets Shakespeare for magical Macbeth." -Chicago Tribune
"Sunde's script is very much about Lady Macbeth's loneliness and suppressed ambition as a woman in her society…a dazzling cultural hybrid, set to a beautifully distilled haiku-like script…a visual, physical and aural feast." -Chicago Sun-Times