Pygmalion Theatre Co.: The Weyward Sisters
Just because Halloween season has ended doesn’t mean you need to leave witchy fun behind.
Throughout the month, Pygmalion Theatre Co. presents The Weyward Sisters, a comedic twist on William Shakespeare’s Macbeth told from the witches’ point of view. Three modern and good actual witches are recruited to perform in “the Scottish play,” and struggle to find their footing in the weird and wild world of theater.
Written by local playwright L.L. West, the show follows the style of Tom Stoppard’s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, a meta-retelling of Hamlet. However, rather than being minor characters who become aware they’re just characters in a story, these protagonists have a bit more agency, according to production director, Jeremy Chase. “Not only are they helping tell the story, but they’re helping shape the story with their witchy powers,” he says.
In addition to providing a twist on a classic, Weyward Sisters also ties into Pygmalion’s mission of producing plays that give a voice to women playwrights, directors, performers and characters. Rather than depicting the witches as forces of chaotic evil, they’re fleshed out and made into engaging subjects. And while this show is dripping with references to Macbeth, you don’t need to be a huge Shakespeare fan to enjoy it. Chase says the fun in this production comes from the departures they get to make from the source material. “Get ready to laugh through this play,” Chase says. “If anything, it’s a laugh.” (Kylee Ehmann)
The Weyward Sisters @ Rose Wagner Center,138 W. 300 South,801-355-2787,Nov. 3-18, days and times vary, $15-$20, pygmalionproductions.org