Taking on Macbeth
Local playwright Vince Flynn's original work, Taking on Macbeth, is the fifth play in The Red Barn Theatre Company's 2013 season. This entertaining comedy-drama starring Ken Beider, Matt Brown, Renata Rauschen, Daniel Reichel and Ina Shivack will open May 10 and run through May 26. Taking on Macbeth was developed in sessions with the Old Pueblo Playwrights, and debuted last year as a staged reading at their new play festival. These plays are performed by actors reading from scripts, offering the writer an opportunity to see and hear audience reaction and receive helpful feedback. “Having a full-out production, however, is any playwright’s dream,” Flynn says, “and being able to cast my own characters and move them off the page and onto the stage is about as good as it gets.” The play centers on a father and son. Martin, the father, is a local celebrity and a veteran actor who owns a popular bar in a large Midwestern town. His son A.J. is an ex-Marine recently returned from combat. The local theatre group is staging Macbeth this year, and everyone knows that Martin is a shoo-in for the title role—everyone, that is, but the director and AJ. Even though he is an inexperienced actor, AJ has caught the director’s eye and is now a candidate for the lead. Martin’s understanding wife, the very flamboyant director, and AJ’s new girlfriend all raise the stakes in this dynamic play. No stranger to theatre, Flynn has been a high school drama teacher since 1970 in international schools in Europe and Asia as well as in schools in the United States. He has directed numerous school and community plays and musicals. He also wrote the book and lyrics for Affair Exchange, a musical comedy that enjoyed a successful run at The Playhouse in San Francisco. Performances will be on Friday and Saturday nights at 7:30 with Sunday matinees at 2. Ticket prices are $16 general admission, $13 for seniors, military and students. The Red Barn Theatre is located 948 N. Main, one block south of Speedway Boulevard. For more information or to make reservations call (520) 887-6239.
The Red Barn Theater
948 N. Main Avenue, Tucson, AZ 85719