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The Warehouse Macbeth: Site-Specific & Intimate

Joel Vannfuller
Hannah Elizabeth Smith (Lady Macbeth)

Christopher Marino is the Artistic Director of Dram Tree Shakespeare, the (relatively) new Shakespeare production company founded last year.  While Dram Tree has produced performances as a part of other events (such as Wilmington's 275th birthday bash and for the Midsummer debut party), this is the company's first full production:  The Tragedy of Macbeth.  Marino is directing the show.

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Gil Johnson plays the title role

This production is unique most obviously because of the performance space-instead of using one of the local theaters, director Marino was excited about finding a space that would allow for a more immersive experience for the performers and the audience.  Using a found space also allows site-specific modifications to the set and the environment, creating a singular experience, something that won't be repeated.  The space the company chose was McEachern's Warehouse in downtown Wilmington.  For old-time locals: that's the old plant & seed warehouse on Front Street.  It's pronounced "McCatherines." 

"In this setting...and bear in mind, we are in the full round...when an actor is standing in the middle of the audience, they are in communication with everyone in that space."

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Director Christopher Marino at the warehouse-rehearsal & renovation

Marino talks about the space and the show in this interview recorded about a week and a half before the opening.  

Tickets are available online here and at the Warehouse (121 S. Front Street) an hour before showtime.  Discounts are available for seniors & students, plus Thursday & Sunday tickets are discounted for everyone.  Performances run through the end of September: Friday-Sunday, September 11-13; Thursday-Sunday, September 17-20; Thursday-Sunday, September 24-27.   All performances begin at 7:30 pm.  

Full disclosure:  Gina Gambony is on the board of Dram Tree Shakespeare.  

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The warriors