Four seniors gathered around their show “cauldron”, each adding their own ingredients and flair. The result was a experimental, redefined “Macbeth” (1623), which intentionally deviates from the common practice of show-making. These old people are Tatyana Emery, Caitlin Morley, Margaret Parish and Abi Steinberg. Gather for the completion of Emery’s thesis and cornerstone of Morley and Steinbergthe band hit reduce the traditional rehearsal process, eliminate the role of the director and reformulate power structures within theater.
Central to this production of “Macbeth” is the process itself. By removing the role of the director from the rehearsal space, the band explored innovative new dramatic methods. Morley sees this as a form of research, an experiment in an almost entirely new methodology.
“We wanted to create a collaborative rehearsal space focused on non-hierarchy and removing the director’s role in the room, which made us all equal collaborators,said Emery.
By removing the hierarchy from the process, each of the four seniors brought their own influence to the production. This brought up the cauldron metaphor, which the band uses to describe their show.
“The premise [of ‘Macbeth’] is that the four witches tell this story, and they are the four of us,” Parish said. “They’ve been telling the story for hundreds and hundreds of years and telling it over and over again, each time hoping something will change.”
With the spirit of equal contribution and group vision, each of the independent contributors shines. The four seniors offer their own unique point of view, merging into their “soup” of a show, as Emery would describe it. Thus, the four co-creators individually deserve their praise.
Starting with Emery, who uses this production as a thesis, the group raved about their kindness, talent and Stellar impression of Monica Aldama.
“Tatyana is, like, ‘actor extraordinaire,'” Steinberg said. “I feel lucky to be able to watch [them] do this, so you can watch [them] live this moment and feel the words that [they’re] saying.”
“Tatyana has this ability to make you feel like you’re the most important person in the world,“said the parish.
Next is Morley, who uses this production for his theater cornerstone. The other co-creators praised Morley’s joy and brilliance, whether it was his ties to Emery in their four-year stint in the local Bard Players or reflections on Morley’s fragrant performance of Sapphic poetry.
“[Caitlin] is so in love with what she does that it radiates from her,” Emery said. “He’s the kind of person who can walk into a space and be like, ‘Oh, this is really exciting for me’ and draw other people into it.”
“She’s one of those people that you feel lucky to be able to be a part of in their lives,” Steinberg said.
Continuing, Parish is a theater minor who was brought to the project after its proposal. The other elderly rhighlighted the sense of charm and inclusion emanating from Parish, spanning from its community creation to the Mayer Campus Center with Steinberg to her hugs on top.
“No one has a bad word to say about him because there isn’t a bad word that exists next to his name,” Emery said.. “It’s impossible, because she truly embodies love in every way.”
“Margaret is the most talented actress I have ever met,” Morley said. “I think Margaret is so honest and serious about her characters, and she’s such a lovely, generous stage partner. She’ll listen to you.
Finally, Steinberg similarly uses production as its main cornerstone.. The other seniors spoke of Steinberg’s drive and care, referring to her relaunch of the student theater association 3Ps.
“Abi is so passionate about not only acting, but creating creative opportunities for herself and her friends,” Morley said.
“The only thing keeping her from running the world is that no one has let her run yet,” Emery said.
When all four forces come together, the result is a stimulating, empathetic and dramatic process. Each of the seniors adds their own insight and individual perspective to create a production unlike anything seen at Tufts and beyond. Central to this mission, of course, is caring for each other.
“Our production of ‘Macbeth’ is about how caring, and caring for each other, can disrupt the damage done by hierarchy,” said Steinberg. This manifests itself both in the process of repetition, with its non-hierarchical structure, and in the narrative itself.
As their production of “Macbeth” came out, the four seniors expressed individual hopes and goals. These ranged from Steinberg’s reflection on the possibility of experimenting while they have it for Parish’s desire to revel in the process itself.
For Morley, it is proving something bigger about the nature of theater and discourse.
“I would just like to remind you that you can create stimulating and rigorous academic and artistic work, while emphasizing empathy and caring”, Morley said.
For Emery, their hope comes true in the production itself. Emery wants to show all the moving parts and to show the influence of each individual designer. In short, they want you to see the “cauldron” for what it is.
“If we can all come to the cauldron and throw in our ingredients and know that’s the perfect piece of the puzzle and it would be a whole different show without it, I think we’ve made it,” Emery said. “I want to know that we’ve created a space where our community can see us working and say, ‘They did this.”
This group spirit and this creative cohesion of vision manifests itself in all individual creators. We need look no further than the production itself, and his commentary on hierarchy and careto see the genuine joy and love these seniors embody.