Macbeth in Stride

Macbeth In Stride is an electrified look at the descent of the Lady Macbeth and her husband through the iconic music of Ike and Tina Turner, The Doors, and more. Featuring Shakespeare’s text the show takes an intimate look at a relationship in turmoil and the effects of vaulting ambition. How do we punish and celebrate women who push too hard, who want too much, who sing too loud?

Macbeth In Stride is part one in a series of concert plays exploring Shakespeare’s women, set to rock and roll. Written by Whitney White, directed by Caitlin O’Connell, and produced by Emily Breeze.

Cast

Peter Mark Kendall

Whitney White

History

First created as a solo project as part of Brown/Trinity Rep’s MFA program. Special thanks to Zdenko Martin, Billy Finn, Jesse Nelson, Ian McNeely and the Brown University/ Trinity Rep MFA Acting program.

Workshops / Presentations

White Herron (June, 2015)

Chautauqua Theatre (August, 2016)

Trinity Rep (May, 2017)

Judson Memorial (January, 2018)

Breadloaf (August, 2018)

A Kind of Providence

I am halfway through my first semester in the Brown/Trinity MFA program in Acting.  (Yeah….. I started in Late August and now officially live in Providence, RI) The program is a joint venture through Brown University and the Trinity repertory Theatre headed by Stephen Berenson and Brian brian McEleney.   It is a three-year conservatory program that comes with all the challenges a conservatory program brings.  With a heavy course load and rehearsal times, graduate school has become a full time gig.    Our first year is devoted largely to American Naturalism and learning more in depth about what our instruments naturally do; our habits, tendencies and strengths.  Everything is coming to surface and there is nowhere to hide. It is an incredible process of change.

My class is composed of 14 actors and two directors, and we could all not be more different from each other. With class six days a week we have become an odd little family of sorts. Imagine the Real World on Artsy-Fart fairy dust.

For my first scene showing, I have been assigned the Tony Award winning play “Dinner With Friends” by Donald Margulies. The play follows a divorced couple exploring the effect a destroyed relationship has on those closest to them. Beth is definitely a new character for me, very fiery, mature and grounded. My big task for this scene has been to rediscover listening and grounding my breath, two things which I will be chasing after the next three years to be sure.

More on the work of graduate school coming soon… so lets just cut tot he good part.  I am starting to feel more and more like an East Coaster. Providence obviously does not have the crazy night scene that New York does, but thanks to Brown, RISD and the countless local artists and musicians there is a plenty to get into. I have to give a shout out to my favorite spot in town, Flan Y Ajo  Located on 225a Westminster.  Flan y Ajo Tapas project is a fab little spanish inspired BYOB restaurant owned by Siobhan María Etxeberría and Diego Luís Pérezand. The menu is incredibly imaginative and features fresh plates for lunch and dinner.

One of my fave posters…

The tapas bar…. you MUST try the tuna sandwich. Incredible.

Very fun and romantic little spot indeed.

More to come as I continue to settle in.  Special thanks to everyone in New York and Chicago who helped me with this transition and my application. 

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A lil’ gumbo and lots of love

The cast of Spunk! bid adieu to the Court Theater this past weekend. It was a very successful and heartfelt journey.  Working at Court is like being temporarily adopted by a really kick ass family. The creative team and staff work together to put a piece up and go out of their way to include you in their traditions.  How many casting directors make huge pots of gumbo, bread pudding, and a mound of cornbread muffins for the cast and team every show? Casts have been known to literally run off the stage to get a bowl of Cree Rankin’s food on “Gumbo Day”.

     It is going to be particularly difficult to say goodbye to jazz phenomenon Kelvyn Bell,  “The Kelvynator”.  His fervor for arts and music is inspiring to say the very least. With his help Whitney is now on the path to becoming a 4 star scat singer. Kelvyn has a wealth of stories and experience and is one of the most creative minds in music and theater.  Oh well… until Whitney’s next job at Court Theatre, we will be dreaming of Cree’s Gumbo!