21st century look at Shakespeare’s Macbeth

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his is “Macbeth” like you've never seen it before.

On June 17, Poland's most exciting theater company, TR Warszawa, arrives in Brooklyn with a spectacular production of “Macbeth” that boldly reinvents Shakespeare's classic for the 21st century.

With a huge cinematic sweep, the production, presented by Brooklyn's St. Ann's Warehouse, in conjunction with the Polish Cultural Institute in New York, takes multi-media theater to the limit. A dramatic two-story set, video walls, special effects and a deep well of acting tradition transform Shakespeare's web of intimacy, politics and the supernatural into a contemporary living film.

For this production, St. Ann's will create an outdoor theater in the Civil War-era Tobacco Warehouse, located in Empire-Fulton Ferry State Park, across the street from the DUMBO venue, located at 38 Water Street.

Director Grzegorz Jarzyna heightens his “Macbeth” with an extraordinary, layered soundscape of original music, pop songs, atmospheric and recorded sound effects. Because of ambient noise from the Brooklyn Bridge and the waterfront, the entire sound design will be mixed live each night with the spoken text (in Polish, with English supertitles provided) of the actors onstage, and amplified through a network of individual headsets to be worn by each audience member.

This historic site’s romantic, open-air and column-free structure is well-suited to St. Ann’s visionary programming, at the gateway to the Brooklyn waterfront.

The production is presented with support from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, the Trust for Mutual Understanding, the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of Poland, and the City of Warsaw. Additional support is provided by The Peter Jay Sharp Foundation.

“Macbeth” runs from June 17 to June 29. Tickets are $35, or $100 for VIP donor seating, and can be purchased online at WEBSITE, by telephone at 718-254-8779 or 866-811-4111 or at St. Ann's Warehouse box office (38 Water Street). For more information, go to

Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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