Toil and Trouble

Shakespeare's famously bloody play Macbeth will get a shot of estrogen starting tonight in the Betsy Stage's original new adaptation. Beth takes the classic tragedy and places it in 1920s Paris, imagining the title character as a female painter toiling in the male-dominated art scene.

"It's about the struggle to be an artist and a woman at the same time and what it takes to be in that world," says writer and director Samantha McDermott. "It's about whether that can drive you crazy or whether it drives you crazy not to do art."

The all-female cast will play this timeless tale with some interesting twists. The character of Macbeth's friend Banquo is transformed into Beth's mother, while the three witches become voices in the despairing woman's head. "It's basically our homage to women's struggle throughout time in art," says McDermott. "We actually did some research and found that not an awful lot has changed today: 95 percent of the art in modern museums is men's art. And 80 percent of art faculty at colleges are men, even though 53 percent of degree-holders are women."

Beth runs Fridays and Saturdays tonight through May 24 (as well as Monday, May 5, and Thursday, May 22) at 8 p.m. at the Betsy Stage, 1133 South Huron Street. Tickets are free, with donations accepted, but reservations are required; call 720-328-5294 or e-mail [email protected] For more information, visit
Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Mon., May 5, 8 p.m.; Thu., May 22, 8 p.m. Starts: April 18. Continues through June 7, 2014

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