MONIFF - Voodoo Macbeth



Eppes Auditorium Fri, Oct 22 7:00 PM


TICKETS $15 through MONIFF:


VOODOO MACBETH - Drama - USA - 2020 - 108 mins - unrated (film, panel, wine reception)

This new drama chronicles the true story of the first all-Black production of Shakespeare's Macbeth. From the struggle to the glory.

1936 Harlem is a neighborhood battered by economic strife and hardship. With FDR’s New Deal providing funding for the Federal Theatre Project’s Negro Unit, director Rose McClendon convinces co-director John Houseman to help her bring Shakespeare’s “Macbeth” to the Harlem community at the Lafayette Theater — with an all-Black cast. They choose for their groundbreaking production a gifted but untested 20-year-old director by the name of Orson Welles, whose reimagined Haitian vision for the Scottish play is as daring and fresh as the cast and crew themselves.

Based on true events surrounding the Negro Theatre Unit’s revolutionary 1936 production of “Macbeth,” this is the story of a group of committed artists as they set out to create what is now considered a landmark event in African-American theatrical history.

  • Director:
    Agazi Desta, Christopher Beaton, Dagmawi Abebe, Ernesto Sandoval, Hannah Bang, Roy Arwas, Sabina Vajraca, Tiffany Kontoyannis, Victor Alonso-Berbel, Zoe Salnave
  • Screenwriter:
    Agazi Desta, Amri Rigby, Chris Tarricone, Erica Sutherlin, Jennifer Frazin, Joel David Satner, Morgan Milender, Molly Anne Miller
  • Producer:
    Miles Alva, Xiaoyuan Xiao, Jason Phillips
  • Executive Producer:
    Tracy "Twinkie" Byrd, Jenna Cavelle
  • Editor:
    Takashi Uchida
  • Composer:
    Jongnic Bontemps
  • Sound Design:
    Audrey Gu