"the charm's wound up"


a wicked work in progress

Thursday, Friday, Saturday
May 1, 5pm & 7pm
May 2 & 3, 7pm

John Street Church
44 John Street
in the courtyard
(foul or fair weather)
at Nassau Street, Lower Manhattan
J, M, Z, 2, 3 to Fulton

suggested donation $10

For Dzieci's chamber version of Macbeth,
the ensemble has learned all of the lines,
of every part, through a process of oral transmission.
In our rehearsals, and in production, we do not know
who will be playing any given role at any given time.

As presented by a traveling family of Gypsies,
the hour-long performance creates
the impression of a ritual or ceremony.

A very dark ceremony.

Employing haunting folk songs and chants
from Scandinavia and Eastern Europe,
Theatre Group Dzieci explores (and explodes),
the very essence of theatre and storytelling
in their one-act rendition of Shakespeare’s classic.

6 Rules of Engagement:
  1. Actors must know the entire text.
  2. Actors may not play the same role in successive sequences.
  3. Actors are encouraged to play a Witch, Makbet, and Lady Makbet at least once per enactment.
  4. Roles can be offered or stolen.
  5. We begin in ceremony and return to ceremony at the end.
  6. Nothing else is planned.

images from Dzieci Makbet

an article describing Dzieci's process
(480kb pdf file)

for more information
call 718 638 6037
or e-mail us