Tuesday Podcast 4/3/12
As you may or may not know, there’s an old superstition about saying “MacBeth” in a theater. A lot of your actory types refer to it only as “The Scottish Play,” lest bad luck befall them for uttering the actual name of the play. I’m assuming that makes things pretty confusing in Scotland, where one would assume they produce a bunch of Scottish plays, most of which aren’t MacBeth, so saying “The Scottish Play” is vague at best. But that doesn’t really matter much to us, because we’re a radio show and not a stage act, so we’re probably in the clear anyway; that’s good news, because we’ve got a production of MacBeth on the big podcast today.
Personally, I think the definitive MacBeth was performed back in the ’80s at Creighton Elementary, where a bunch of fifth graders (including yours truly, O’Dark Double Secret Senior Executive Producer Mike Lee as a short but heroic MacDuff) enacted Shakespeare’s bloodiest play the way it was meant to be performed, by small children.
Our host Hawk Mendenhall disagrees, however. He prefers this new, updated version from Lean & Hungry Theater. As you’ll hear on the ‘cast, he’ll take this opportunity to wax rhapsodic about Lean & Hungry artistic director Jessica Hansen until it drifts from complimentary to creepy. So, you know, enjoy that, unless you’re Jessica Hansen, in which case you should probably fear it.
And that’s not all! We’ll wrap up The Scottish Podcast with a new episode of Clever Apes, “The Happiness Machine.” Cool, happy stuff.