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Originally by Lisa Wolpe
Devised and Edited by Mary E. Hodges for the VCU Department of Theatre

March 25th – April 3rd, 2022
Director: Mary E. Hodges
Scenic Design: Acadia Khan
Costume Design: Delaney Theisz
Production Stage Manager: Lane Woodward

Production photos coming soon!


Macbeth3 is a stripped-down, explosive, gender-bent theater experience with Satanic seduction. Macbeth3is a one-hour whirlwind play based on Shakespeare’s Tragedy of Macbeth that follows the bloody rise and fall of a Scottish noble in a thrilling tale of passion and betrayal—charged with the supernatural. Macbeth3 was originally created by acclaimed theatre artist Lisa Wolpe and has been critically hailed for its use of non-traditional, gender-bent casting and its powerful reimagination of a complex plot filled with ambition, greed, and murder. Shakespeare’s characters challenge viewers about their conscience, courage or lack there of—resulting in complicated explorations of murder and consequence.

Wolpe’s work as an actor, director, and playwright has made her one of the most celebrated and sought-after talents in the field of Shakespeare and bringing his works into the 21st Century. The department is thrilled to have department alum Mary E. Hodges (BFA ’94) leading the project here at VCU. Hodges has an intimate understanding of Wolpe’s adaptation—she was a cast member of the New York premiere production of Macbeth3 in 2016! Hodges has devised and edited the piece exclusively for our students here at VCU. Hodges is an acclaimed actor and director and was recently Assistant Director of the original Broadway production of Slave Play by Jeremy O. Harris which received a record-breaking number of Tony nominations in this past year’s awards. This production is presented with special permission from Writer/Director/Actress Lisa Wolpe, who created Macbeth3 for three actors.

The VCU production of Macbeth3 was planned as a touring production to give our students valuable experience in adapting to different environments and audiences, an integral asset of a theatre professional! As such, the piece was performed in two different locations on the VCU campus so that our student actors, designers, and crews can experience moving, planning, and performing the same production in multiple places. The first weekend was indoors at the Newdick Theatre in Shafer Street Playhouse located at 221 N. Shafer Street, and the closing weekend was outdoors at VCU’s Park Plaza, a small amphitheater located to the east of the Singleton Center and behind Hibbs Hall.