Shakespeare’s Macbeth has been performed countless ways in the centuries since it was written, but the Boulder Fringe Festival is offering a completely new interpretation — five interpretations, in fact. Inspired by a similar idea from the Minneapolis Fringe Festival, organizers have given each act of the play to a different local theater company to adapt as they wish while hitting all the major plot points in fifteen-minute increments.
Illustrated with puppetry, song and dance, experimental theater and other diverse approaches, the bloody story of the Scottish lord corrupted by power will be carried out by Square Product Theatre, Band of Toughs, the Society for Creative Aging, Paul Fowler Music and TinHOUSE Dance Theatre. Since the acts are developing independent of each other, the results will be a surprise even to the performers on opening night.
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“The piece encourages people to look at art with an open mind and to see the difference in the way people can present performance,” explains Act III director David Ortolano. “It encourages people to kind of take a chance on art and let it go into places that they never thought it would go into.”
Five 5ths of Macbeth runs today and tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 4 p.m. at the Dairy Center for the Arts, 2590 Walnut Street in Boulder. Tickets, $15 to $20, are available at boulderfringe.com or by calling 303-444-7328.
June 14-15, 7:30 p.m.; Sun., June 16, 4 p.m., 2013