The astounding Dzieci Theatre is back for two shows on September 10th , 3pm and 6:30 pm with their engrossing version of Shakespeare’s Macbeth! Played in and around the Widow Jane Mine!
You haven’t seen Macbeth until you’ve seen it presented by Dzieci… an eye-popping-ear-poking confirmation that Shakespeare once again constructed something not easily degraded. And you’re not likely to see anything like it ever again.David Finkle, Huffington Post
On Saturday, September 10th at 3:00 and 6:30pm, 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” greets you with song, dance, and divination, then leads you through the shaft, and into a whirlwind of passion, possession, and vaulting ambition, wildly careening around the gargantuan stone pillars and subterranean pools.
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!”
Makbet: The 6 Rules of Engagement
- Actors must know the entire text
- Actors may not play the same role in successive sequences
- Roles can be taken or given, embraced or refused
- Three actors alone will play the primary roles
- A chorus guides the ceremony
- Nothing else is planned
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, and off again, and on again—to Matt Mitler and his small but convincing cast!”Andrew Andrews, Opplaud
One of the most gut-punching productions of Macbeth I ever saw. A one-of-a-kind immersive show. The beauty of Dzieci’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, that does the opposite, dramatic substance as an agent of purification.”John Osburn
Read John Osburn’s full review here: http://osburnt.com/makbet/
“With the combination of ceremony, improvisation, and Shakespeare, Dzieci has created a fascinating, risky, and original work.”Mitchell Conway, nytheatre.com
Theatre Group Dzieci, founded in 1997 by Matt Mitler, is an international experimental ensemble dedicated to a search for the “sacred” through the medium of theatre. Utilizing 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.
Please visit: dziecitheatre.org
Here is an album of photos from this production, hosted on Facebook:
Presales via this website are now preferred to get an estimate of audience size. Cash, checks, credit cards will be able to be processed onsite, but we prefer presales. There is a $1 processing fee for electronic sales
Ulster County is experiencing peaks and valleys of COVID transmission, so please wear a mask, even if vaccinated, until new advice from the CDC & NY health departments lets us doff them.
Children under 12 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.
- As with the rest of the site if you bring it in, bring it out.
Two Shows! Afternoon at 3pm and evening at 6:30pm . It’s plenty dark for both of them!