Since it was first performed 400 years ago, William Shakespeare’s Macbeth has been an enduring allegory of boundless political ambition spiraling into tyranny. Every generation has its own Macbeth, but the theme has taken on an alarming relevance recently, as numerous corrupt regimes gain prominence on the world stage.
The latest incarnation of Shakespeare’s tragedy, The Walking Forest by Brazilian writer and director Christiane Jatahy, makes its US debut later this week at REDCAT. Far from a traditional theatrical experience, the work combines an installation of video screens through which the audience can walk; live performances; and interactive elements including a bar where the audience can purchase drinks, dissolving the boundaries between passive spectator and active participant. The film component includes interviews with Brazilian citizens discussing how political power, greed, and corruption have affected their lives. Although pulled from a Brazilian context, these stories are unfortunately applicable to many situations around the world. Each intimate performance is limited to 80 people, though there are eight performances over the work’s four-day run.
When: Thursday, April 20–Sunday, April 23, 8:30pm ($12–25)
Where: Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater (REDCAT) (631 West 2nd Street, Downtown, Los Angeles)
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