LOGAN SQUARE — A new theatrical run combining Shakespeare and historical fiction will premiere in Logan Square this week as Death & Pretzels presents its latest original production at the Charnel House.
“Gruoch, or Lady Macbeth” is set to debut Thursday and run to March 28 at the Charnel House, 3421 W. Fullerton Ave. The play is a retelling of Shakespeare's "Macbeth" from the perspective of his wife, who was modeled after the real historical figure Lady Gruoch of Scotland.
In "Gruoch," the future Lady Macbeth and her child escape the fire that kills her first husband to find safety in a shelter for homeless families run by three witches. Drama, comedy and tragedy ensue, according to playwright Paul Pasulka, a network playwright with Chicago Dramatists and a member of the Dramatists Guild, according to an announcement for the production.
The play was workshopped and stage-read under the direction of Death & Pretzels' artistic director, Madison Smith, in January 2014, and a Kickstarter to fund "Gruoch" is underway.
According to Smith, "Gruoch," is an “awesomely funny play, chock full of Shakespeare, history, romance and revenge.”
Now in rehearsal, the play will run each Thursday, Friday and Saturday before its final show. At all Thursday performances, discount tickets will be offered to those who bring feminine hygiene products, which will be donated to the local women's help facility, Deborah's Place.
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