Literature Live! returns with an online theatrical production of Shakespeare’s classic tragedy Macbeth. This virtual production is adapted by Bay Street Theater Director of Education & Community Outreach, Allen O’Reilly, who also directs the show. The production is streaming now and will be available through December 5.
An in-depth talkback segment featuring the show’s creators and cast will take place following the premiere.
Set in 1963 Scotland, the Literature Live! adaptation of Shakespeare’s Macbeth introduces a modern retelling of the seminal tragedy with no alterations to the original compelling text. One part Macbeth and one part One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, this Literature Live! staging replaces the lofty setting of Castle Inverness for a chilling and sterile Sanitorium, within the confines of which the play’s dramatic scenes unfold
The exciting cast features seven actors who play a total of 24 roles, including many who have appeared in past Literature Live! stagings. The cast includes: Matthew Henerson (Macbeth); Erin Margaret Pettigrew (Lady Macbeth); Genevieve Simon (Malcolm); Joe Pallister (Macduff); Allen O’Reilly (King Duncan); Teresa DeBerry (Ross and Witch); and Gabe Portuondo (Banquo).
Allen O’Reilly (director) has directed productions of The Crucible, Twelfth Night, The Woman in Black, Driving Miss Daisy, Rumors, Babes in Toyland and Bard’s Best! (adaptor). Shakespeare Touring productions include Macbeth, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Taming of the Shrew, Romeo and Juliet and Julius Caesar. Children’s theater directing credits include The Jungle Book, The Emperor and The Nightingale, Mighty Myths and Legends! (co-adaptor) and The Frog Prince. Allen has acted at Bay Street Theater, Cleveland Play House, Geva Theatre, Clarence Brown, and The Alliance Theatre, and was an associate artist at Georgia Shakespeare for 24 seasons. Television and film credits include Sleepy Hollow, TURN: Washington’s Spies, Bobby Jones, Stroke of Genius, The Assassin’s Code, The Enormity of Life and The Wicked Trilogy.
Matthew Henerson (Macbeth) is an actor born and based in Los Angeles. He has worked regionally at many theatres including American Citizens Theatre, American Conservatory Theatre, Antaeus, the Independent Shakespeare Company, International City Theatre, Kingsmen Shakespeare, La Jolla Playhouse, Pacific Repertory, San Diego Repertory, Sierra Repertory, South Coast Repertory as well as at Shakespeare festivals in Arizona, Colorado, Marin, San Francisco, Santa Cruz, and Utah. In over 50 productions of Shakespeare, he has played Macbeth, Leontes, Shylock, Caliban, Sir Toby Belch, Lear’s Fool, and Alcibiades in Timon of Athens. His film and television work includes appearances on The Bernie Mac Show, Hung, Torn Apart (Lifetime), America 101, Disney’s A Christmas Carol and Mars Needs Moms. He holds a BA in English from Yale and an MFA in Acting from the University of California, San Diego.
Erin Margaret Pettigrew (Lady Macbeth) is a first generation Belizean-American artist, actor, and mover from Los Angeles, California. She holds a BFA and MFA in Acting from UC Santa-Barbara and The New School University. Based in New York, she has had the pleasure of developing her artist’s journey alongside creators, collaborators, and facilitators at Manhattan Theater Club, New York Theater Workshop, Joe’s Pub at The Public, La Mama Experimental Theater, JAG Productions, CUNY’s CASA Program, Brooklyn College, and others. Her passion for arts in humanities has inspired and encouraged her to pursue arts in education. It is through story and storytelling that the development of the future, the mind, the body, and the soul, has a path. Together with her communities, collaborators, and tribe, she dedicates her art and craft to the hope, healing, and heralding of love, light, and endless dreams.
Genevieve Simon (Malcolm) an actor and writer based in New York. They performed the title role in Hamlet at Nebraska Shakespeare Festival, and have helped playwrights develop new work at Ensemble Studio Theatre, New Georges, Columbia University, and The Tank. Regional theatre credits include: The Thanksgiving Play (Urbanite Theatre), Adaptive Radiation (Denizen Theatre), This Is A Mortality Play Set In An Office Depot (Urbanite Theatre), Henry IV Part I (International Shakespeare Center Santa Fe with Tabling: The Podcast), and All’s Well That Ends Well (Nebraska Shakespeare). Next up: a lead role in the short film Crow God from Live Source Films.
Joe Pallister (Macduff) is an AEA and SAG AFTRA actor who has joined Bay Street Theater for five productions, including the 2010 Mainstage production of David Mamet’s Romance, and the Literature Live! productions of A Raisin in the Sun, Of Mice and Men, and To Kill A Mockingbird, among others. Other theater credits include the Hampton Theatre Company productions of Clybourne Park, God of Carnage, and The Drawer Boy, and the Guild Hall productions of Art and A Steady Rain. Television credits include The Flight Attendant, FBI, Blacklist, Conan O’Brien, and Saturday Night Live. Film credits include Confidence Game, Dark Was The Night, Refuge, and The Burningmoore Incident.
Gabriel Portuondo is a Long Island-based actor and theater instructor, and member of AEA and SAG/AFTRA, whose work includes a number of productions with Shakespeare & Co. and the Inwood Shakespeare Festival, including performances of Hamlet, Othello, The Tempest, A Midsummer Night's Dream, and Richard III. He has starred in the one-man shows Urban Aura at Ma'at Production Association of Afrikan Centered Theatre in Chicago; and The Rime, an adaptation of Samuel Taylor Coleridge's The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, most recently staged outdoors adjacent to the Montauk Lighthouse. He has appeared in the films Tenebrae Lux, American Bomber, and Autumn in New York. He is a member of the National Academy of Sports Medicine, a certified personal trainer and fitness instructor, a member of The Shakespeare Society, and founding member of Magis Theatre Company.
Teresa DeBerry has been a theater educator and professional actor, director, and choreographer throughout the Eastern United States for 40 years. She taught for the Alliance Theater in Atlanta for 20 years; where she was part of the team that created and implementing their most successful summer theater performance program for young actors. Teresa also created and taught the first professional teen ensemble in Atlanta for Horizon Theater Company. She taught Theater and Dance full time for The Westminster Schools, where she also was part of the team that created Odyssey, a performing arts inspired summer enrichment program for inner city students ages 8–18. As a professional actor Teresa has performed with The Alliance Theater, Cleveland Play House, Georgia Shakespeare, Cleveland Public Theater, Karamu Theater, Theater Emory, Oberlin Summer Theater Festival, Theater in the Square, and Horizon Theater, among many others.
LITERATURE LIVE! brings the power of the word from the page to the stage. Using curriculum-based literature, Bay Street Theater creates a unique learning experience by bringing professional theater artists together to present first class productions. The possibilities for insight and understanding of the subject matter are only increased when students can witness the characters from a great play or novel living and breathing and telling their stories right before their eyes.
Macbeth is proudly presented by Century Arts Foundation; Irvin Stern Foundation, Sunny & Abe Rosenberg Foundation; The Neuwirth Foundation; Suffolk County Department of Economic Development and Planning; The Dana Foundation; The Town of Southampton; and Bridgehampton Association.