The auditions for Lady Macbeth were fierce. Marcia Pizzo walked away with the role, having proven once again why she is one of the Bay Area's finest and most versatile - as well as most gorgeous and likable - actresses. And the duo was dynamite. Marcia and Coop tore up the stage with their passion.
Fight Directors Richard Lane and John Ficarra outdid themselves. We spent many hours rehearsing the fights, including a massive opening melee that set the scene for the internal and external battles to follow. More than any other show we'd ever done, the actors ripped their costumes to shreds, with our backstage crew furiously patching and sewing almost nightly.
Inspired by the severed heads on pikes we knew would have greeted visitors to Elizabethan London after many a public hanging or quartering, we had the idea to have ghostly heads appear on the ramparts as the onstage killing spree progressed. The multi-talented Bob Cooper created life casts from our actors as the technicians figured out creative ways to make the heads appear as the murders piled up, along with the Macbeths' guilt.
It was a fierce, gritty and passionate production, an exploration of the darkness of the human soul.