San Francisco Examiner
African-American Shakespeare Co. sharpens Macbeth’s dagger
Modern translation of classic tragedy resonates
By Robert Sokol Special to S.F. Examiner • July 17, 2019 3:00 pm
A man in a homeless encampment steps forward to announce, “I must become a menace to my enemies.” One homeless person, then another, picks up the refrain of the June Jordan poem.
This is not your grandfather’s “Macbeth,” but it is “Macbeth” as adapted in a modern verse translation by Migdalia Cruz and powerfully produced by the African-American Shakespeare Company.
Director L. Peter Callender’s vision for this classic story of ambition and betrayal is thrillingly modern and dystopian. He has assembled an impressive cast to work within the effective and efficiently crafted environment created by designers Samira Mirama (set dressing), Kevin Myrick (lights), Jeff Mochus (sound) and Keri Fitch (costumes).