Macbeth: Panel Discussions

16 - 23 Sep 2016
Various locations

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Owen Metsileng in Brett Bailey’s Macbeth. Photo by Nicky Newman, courtesy of FringeArts.

In conjunction with FringeArts' presentation of Macbeth by South African theater artist Brett Bailey, a series of panel discussion will be held to explore the social, political, and artistic themes within the work.

Bailey's adaptation of Verdi's opera Macbeth is set in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Presented in collaboration with Opera Philadelphia, the production features a South African cast and examines post-colonial central Africa through an imaginative appropriation of Shakespeare's tale. The story follows Congolese warlord General Macbeth and his ambitious wife, who murder the king and wreak havoc in the war-torn and corrupt landscape of multinational corporations and militias.

All panel discussions are free and open to the public. See the full schedule of panels below.

Who Gets to Tell the Story?
September 16, 2016
8:45 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Prince Theater
1412 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia

Macbeth Cast Members Discussion
September 20, 2016
7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
African American Museum of Philadelphia
701 Arch Street, Philadelphia

Performance Provocations: 20 Years of Brett Bailey and Third World Bunfight
A lecture by Dr. Megan Lewis, assistant professor of theater history and criticism at the University ofMassachusetts Amherst, a South African-American theater historian and performance scholar concerned with the staging of national identity, gender, and race.
September 23, 2016
6 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Prince Theater
1412 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia