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Brown Box Theatre Project tackles The Bard’s Macbeth

“By the pricking of my thumbs, something wicked this way comes!’

Long before George R.R. Martin dreamed up Westeros, Shakespeare did the whole treachery, strong-willed women, and bloody beheadings thing in his shortest and most surrealistic tragedy, Macbeth.

This weekend thanks to the Dot-based Brown Box Theatre Project, Dorchester residents can experience the Bard’s witches and skullduggery in an outdoor production of “the Scottish play,” presented entirely free of charge in four Boston locations from August 22-31.

The young, athletic, Game of Thrones-worthy cast make this a perfect opportunity to introduce the younger generation to the works of the world’s most popular playwright.

Shakespeare’s spellbinding vision of ambition, mystery, and magic will be conjured up this August and September in a five week East Coast tour that begins with Still Harbor in Andrew Square, Atlantic Wharf in Boston, Castle Island in South Boston, and Martini Shell Park in Hyde Park. In these free outdoor performances, theatre newcomers and Shakespeare devotees alike will witness the rise and fall of Macbeth, the renowned war hero who murders and usurps the crown from his rightful king after a fateful encounter with a trio of infernal witches. 

The Polish Triangle’s Kyler Taustin, a graduate of Emerson College, founded Brown Box Theatre Project in 2010 with the goal of bringing the performing arts to communities and audiences that usually lack access to live theatre.

“Boston can be considered a great city for culture, but there are still communities that are underserved by the local theatre scene,” said Taustin.

Taustin, who is also directing the project, has assembled a cast of mostly Boston-based talent including Brown Box favorites and new faces alike. Shakespeare at the Beach newcomers Alex Marz and Marge Dunn will play title characters Macbeth and Lady Macbeth, respectively. 

Six Dorchester residents are working onstage and backstage to bring the Bard to nontraditional often beachside venues: Kyler Taustin (Director/Artistic Director); Erica Paige Brown (Stage Manager); Gabe Graetz (Props); Kyle Cherry (Malcolm); Laura Menzie (Witch 3); and Lauren Schumacher (Graphic Designer). Chelsea Schmidt (Witch 1) hails from far-away South Boston.

As with the contemporary plays it produces each season, Brown Box premieres its production in the Hub and then packs up its props and scenery in a modest “brown box” and travels to the Delmarva Peninsula, Taustin’s home territory which includes parts of Delaware, Maryland and Virginia. In past years the company has toured other Shakespearean crowd-pleasers such as Romeo and Juliet and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Theatre education is central to Brown Box’s mission since the company performs at many local schools offering educational programming for students, teachers, and adults of all ages.

Brown Box Theatre Project is able to present Boston communities with free Shakespeare thanks to the generous support of Boston Redevelopment Authority, Boston Properties, and the Department of Conservation and Recreation.

For more details, visit brownboxtheatre.org