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
Tuesday, we’re talking about the 19th-century women who measured the cosmos. Science journalist Dava Sobel is among our guests. Her latest book is about the women employed by Harvard Observatory to serve as “human computers.” They did calculations based on the observations of their male counterparts, but became astronomical pioneers in their own right. Pygmalion Theatre Company is staging a play based on the life of one of these remarkable women, which gives us an excuse to talk about them and discoveries.
Dava Sobel is a former science reporter for the New York Times. She’s the co-author of six books and the author of five, including her newest, The Glass Universe: How the Ladies of the Harvard Observatory Took the Measure of the Stars
Mark Fossen directed Pygmalion Theatre Company’s production of Lauren Gunderson’s play Silent Sky. It’s about the life of Henrietta Leavitt, an astronomer at Harvard Observatory in the 19th century.
Hannah Minshew plays Henrietta Leavitt in Pygmalion Theatre Company’s production of Silent Sky.
“Darby-Duffin’s consummate performance will put you in touch with an unforgettable woman whose life was a perpetual balancing act between triumph and tragedy.”
“…magnetic, soulful…Darby-Duffin is charismatic, layered, brutally honest, and transitions between monologue, reminiscence, and powerhouse renditions of Holiday’s most famous tracks.”
The reviews are starting to come in, along with inside looks at “Seven” from the actors’ and director’s points of view. Barbara Bannon of the Salt Lake Tribune describes the production as “poignant and empowering…a life-affirming dance of survival,” and writes, “‘Seven’ compellingly communicates that violence and repression, and the sorrow they engender, are universal throughout our world. It also offers assurance that even the most disadvantaged individuals can speak out and do something about it.” Read the rest of the review here.
Get in-depth behind the scenes with director Lane Richens and some of the actors in “Seven.” Gavin Sheehan of Salt Lake City Weekly talks with Kerry Lee, Teresa Sanderson, and Betsy West.
Listen to a podcast with KRCL’s Tamrika Khvtisiashvili interviewing the director and actors Nova Calverley-Chase and Angela Trusty.