Performance Schedule TBD
The Studio@620 knows that Shakespeare is as relevant today as ever and joins theaters around the world to honor the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s legacy during the 2016-2017 season. The Studio@620 will honor the Federal Theatre Project’s groundbreaking 1936 production with a Macbeth for our time, and an African American cast directed by Bob Devin Jones. We will embrace unique elements of the original production, including:
- A soundscape composed of percussion and live sound effects
-Traditional African drummers
- The power of African matriarchs reflected in the role of Lady Macbeth, portrayed by noted actor and award-winning educator Erica Sutherlin
-Set painting by Ya La’ford
-Set design by Stephen K. Mitchell
This professional production will be have a three-week run at the Studio@620 in the spring of 2017, and travel to local high schools and universities. This project will invite the St. Petersburg community to join our conversation through workshops and discussions on:
- Perceptions of African Americans in the 1930s
- The legacy of The Federal Theatre Project in Tampa Bay
- The history of St. Petersburg’s African American community
- Current trends in gender-blind and racially-blind casting
- What do Shakespeare’s plays mean in the 21st century?
The Studio@620, along with Pinellas County Center for the Arts at Gibbs High School teacher Erica Sutherlin and the University of South Florida, will develop student guides to the play and send Teaching Artists to schools, both to prepare students for the performance and gather student feedback afterwards.
Our Teaching Artists will help students engage with the script.
Getting students on their feet and working together on staging, sound and text is a vital way to improve reading, writing and participation - as well as inspiring students already drawn to the arts.