Saturday September 14, 2019, 3-5 pm
Pre- show activity begins 2 pm
“You haven’t seen Macbeth until you’ve seen it presented by Dzieci… an eye-popping-ear-pokingDavid Finkle, Huffington Post
confirmation that Shakespeare once again constructed something not easily degraded.
And you’re not likely to see anything resembling it ever again.”
And MAKBET has never been seen in such an astonishing and darkly mysterious setting as The Widow Jane Mine in Rosendale.
On Saturday, September 14th at 3:00pm, this thrillingly unique performance will meet an equally thrilling and unique venue. Enter the splendor of The Widow Jane Mine, where a riotous clan from the “Old Country” will greet you outside with song, dance, and divination, then lead you through the shaft, between the gargantuan stone pillars, and around the subterranean pools, in a wild, whirlwind of witchcraft, omens, passion, and vaulting ambition.
For Dzieci Theatre’s visceral take on Macbeth, actors spontaneously trade off parts from scene to scene, exploding the art of story telling, and creating a one- of-a-kind experience which audiences have said is, “Absolutely liberating!”
Employing haunting folksongs and chants from Eastern Europe, along with the poetry of Shakespeare’s verse, MAKBET explores (and explodes) the very essence of theatre and storytelling.
MAKBET: THE SIX RULES of ENGAGEMENT:
- Actors must know the entire text.
- Actors may not play the same role in successive sequences.
- Actors are encouraged to play a Witch, Makbet, and Lady Makbet at least once per enactment.
- Roles can be taken or given, embraced or refused.
- We begin in ceremony and remain in ceremony til the end.
- Nothing else is planned.
More about this production and Dzieci Theatre: http://dziecitheatre.org/the-work/makbet/
The most thrilling reinterpretation of Macbeth we’ve ever seen! If you’re lucky enough to catch this show while there’s still time, you should get what we mean when we say hats off—and on,Andrew Andrews, Opplaud
and off again, and on again—to Matt Mitler and his small but convincing cast!”
“Theatre came from Dionysius, not Apollo, and Makbet is the first time I’ve ever seen true Dionysian theatre. Absolutely liberating!”Russ Hudson, executive director of Enneagram Personality Types, Inc.
“Wonderful!” “Unexpected!” “A true experience.” “Wowing, engulfing, just wow!”“Spellbinding!” “Wow!” “Romantic!” “Amazing!!!” “The best!” “My God!!!” “Wow!” “Remarkable!”Students from The International Schools Theatre Association
One of the most gut-punching productions of Macbeth I ever saw. A one-of-a-kind immersive show. The beauty ofDzieci’s production is that it can satisfy the tastes of very diverse audiences… Makbet is not to be missed!Asya Dinilova, OnStage Blog
Memory fails if I have seen a realization of Macbeth that so captures its sense of confinement and moral entrapment as Dzieci’s does. There is something deadly serious about all of this, but also a certain wryness and good humor. This is not a Macbeth that leaves you thinking that human nature is irredeemable, but a cleansing ceremony, cathartic in the ancient sense,John Osburn’s Brilliant Review!
that does the opposite, dramatic substance as an agent of purification.”
“With the combination of ceremony, improvisation, and Shakespeare, Dzieci has created a fascinating, risky, and original work.”Mitchell Conway, nytheatre.com
Dzieci (djyeh-chee) is an international experimental theatre ensemble dedicated to a search for the “sacred” through the medium of theatre.
Integrating techniques garnered from such theatre masters as Jerzy Grotowski, Eugenio Barba and Peter Brook, ritual forms derived from Native American and Eastern spiritual disciplines, and an ethic based securely in Humanistic Psychology, Dzieci aims to create a theatre that is as equally engaged with personal transformation as it is with public presentation.
Towards this aim, the ensemble balances its work on performance with work of service, through creative and therapeutic interaction in hospitals and a variety of institutional settings. Dzieci believes helping others generates a profound healing effect that not only serves the patient but also strengthens the ensemble’s work.
Dzieci is firmly dedicated to process. Our theatrical creations come organically over a long period of time, and a relationship with the world around us is essential. Therefore, public demonstrations of the work in progress are offered along the way, along with para-theatrical workshops, which invite participants to experience the work underlying our most current investigations.
note: “Dzieci” is the Polish word for “Children”.
- Gates open hour before event.
- $20, presale available through PayPal, $15 for member presales. Cash and checks preferred at the event. Credit card processing available but presales, cash, and checks will be a lot faster. Children under 12, free – but must be supervised and seated at all times during the performance.
- As with all events in the Widow Jane Mine,
– Bring a folding chair for each audience member! We have only a limited number of plastic chairs, and if you bring your own, we can accommodate a larger crowd, and you’ll be more comfortable. Yoga mats or camping mattresses might also do if you don’t mind them getting wet and muddy.
– Dress for cool, damp, drippy weather, even if it’s the middle of summer. The mine has its own micro climate and often that climate is damp and drippy.
- Sorry, no dogs, please!
- The shows may be loud or have loud passages. Consider using ear protection, especially when sitting close to the stage.