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Episode 1 · 11 months ago

1 — MacBADth & beth

ABOUT THIS EPISODE

We begin our journey into The Western Canon™ with a classic, lauded by scholars and audiences alike as perhaps one of the best pieces of theatre in existence, Shakespeare's Macbeth. Except we've made it terrible in the best way. This episode features excerpts from playwright Alex Lin's "beth," an adaptation of Macbeth which takes place in a high-powered STEM high school where our eponymous heroine (and everyone she knows) works toward her ultimate goal: the Intel Science and Engineering Fair's $75,000 grand prize. 

"MacBADth"

adapted by Lauren D'Errico, directed by Brandy N. Carie

featuring performances by Alec Seymour, Amara Pedroso Saquel, Ben Barnett, Brittany Liu, Carol Jeong, Jasmine Thomas, Jazmine Cornielle, Jillian Sun, and Phoebe Holden

"beth"

written by Alex Lin, directed by Cara Hinh

featuring performances by Brittany Liu (Beth), Surasree Das (Bea), Noah Keyishian (Danny), and Phoebe Holden, Carol Jeong, and Jillian Sun (Weird Sisters 1, 2, & 3)

Okay, do we want to begin it by being like hi, I'm JoshuBrown and you being like, I'm learn Torego and then we can be like, andthis is a coveniat theater yeah. I was going to say like we're going to startit with like. This is the first episode of welcome welcome baby. He Os of my row is Lowbran, as betweenthem is middle ground, describing culture that is nea behind Onem, theopposite of good theater is bad theatre and between them. Pesipedia. Oh, yourGol, Hey, welcome! Baby! Hey welcome baby, maybe welcome to the BOD gas baby. Oh I'M! So sorry you have to listen tothis later. It's fine because I was recording allf, the a baby. Oh me to it's, gonna go in! Oh my God, thank God,yeah, okay, Hi Hello, and welcome to acopedia theater podcast. First pilotepisode. This is the first episode. This is the first one, I'm Joshua Brownand I'm Lauren Derico, and we finally made it to the first episode of Aky.It's been so many months. Omai had this idea in quarantine, where we were likehey what if we made bad plays out of wicopedia plot summaries, and here weare, I know- and it's so funny that this just exists now independent of allthose months Twao to make it. But now we're here in this is the first episodeyeah and it's the first episode and it's the only episode so far, so that'snotwhich makes it even better. We love to see that hello ar teing. We love tosee no comparison. We love to not see it because it's audionce, we want tohear it. Imagine what we look like with our beautiful buttery voices. I know our beautiful Oure, beautiful, fullheads of hair or BAE noises ve ar banks Ar bangs they're all herefor the first episode of Acopedia. This is the mcbeth episode, Beth podcast,where we talk about Wibath, only we lige o exhaust that pretty quickly. Ithink, Oh, I would say hello, here's mcbeth and then then that would be theend. That's it because here's the thing we haven't read: mcbeth yeah. I thinkthe last time I read mcbeth was probably my sophomore year of high school, whichwould be like theandy ten. What about Mo mine was so I read to Shakespeare'sin my sophwmore year of high school, the first one was Athello. I when weread it out loud, I played IAGO and it was great because I love being evil.I'm a very terrible actor and my limited range only covers like comicrelief, the clinically insane and like just evil. Only evil so ago was Greay rElyeah, that's his defining character. Trait, and do you remember anythingabout reading mcbats, Mak Beth knows what do you remember anything aboutReading Mikbat? I never read mcbeh and never not once I don't know anythingabout it, except that everyone's like lady Macbeth, is so evil and so cooland she's a FEM photal, and I'm like great love that you don't know anything.This is an interesting start for this whole podcast, because I don't remember,reading mcbeth either at all, never not once yeah, and it wasinteresting which one is Macbeth mcbethis aScottish play, no wich, which Disney movie is mcbe. Oh eaking yeah, really,no, that's hamlet. I lieea. Yes, I'm totally off base, but that was a reallyexciting place to start for me, because I was you know, learning as I went andsort of I feel like Shakespeare exists in my mind, of like I'm aware of allthe pieces of like Oh that's from a Shakespeare play, but I just don't knowhow to fit the puzzle together because I'm like Oh yeah, like you, know like the skull that must befrom like the one, that's she's, all that or whatever, and that's not eventhe movie that it is, I think you know she's the man she's, the man she jistheman and here's the thing about she's, the man. I was just thinking about that.While you were saying that, because in the junior year of school in highschool we read twelve night and we were- and I was like you know, I was like biggay in a very tiny pond and I was like wait. This is gay en then the Aand Emande byng. We watchthe MA bins and that was like such a complete culture shock. For me, becauseI was like wait, I was really into my like dead white men phase of literature,where I was like lusting over the pull...

...of surprise imbut. I was like Oh fine, art andliterary writing like or what is it literary fiction, but we watched ches man and I was likethis- is Bomas fuck- that they made Shakespeare, but it's Amanda, VionsYeah! Isn't that lovely yeah yeah? So I'm sure its see this. Thishas nothing to do with make best. But it's all important, because this bigmelting pot of our relationship to the cannon has what number one we willdefinitely get more into as episodes progress in this podcast. But numbertwo has brought us to this point of the way that we perceive the classics andthe way that we might loce hate the classics. A little bit, maybeShakespeare a little bit: Maybehi Kh Hate Shak, but that's okay, I'm readyto say it on episode, one well, here's the thing, sisters and brothers andbrethren and pizzas that when we say that we hate Shakespeare,we hate how Shakespeare is sort of taking up all the air. In the room interms of the American theater and in terms of how safe classical theater isto produce and all of the things that that means for the contemporary theatermakers is that there are far more resources devoted to things that havealready been said, then, to things that could be said or things that should besaid. So, if you're, a shakespeare, scholar or a director who lovesShakespeare or writer, who writes in Ta, Shakespeare and style, or an actorwhose big thing is that you lauvh Shakespeare and you've done all theplays, we love you and that's great, and we I have a thing where I truly Stan and love and admire peoplewho do things that I can't and those are lots of things that I can't do. So.Let me just say that when we say we hate Shakespeare, we're truly honoringall the work that you do just from our end. We don't I've not paid to see asShakespeare in my life, except for she's, the man yeah I just haven't. I don't know in the same way that Ifeel that I'm having my middle school musical theater phase now, maybe I'llhave my middle school or like early high school shakespeare phase in likefifteen years yeah. You know I just haven't totally gotten on the train.Yet I've enjoyed a lot of shakespeare productions, but I'm not on the trainand also can you imagine just like talking to Shakespeare Feelo Apr. He would have been a big Dick, butalso like reallysilly and funny i Dan Watiti, but also like man, energy yeah,Bu, also, like definitely talkd over you in the conversation you know AtimYeah. Definitely, if Shakespeare e live today, he would be a white dudefilmmaker making black and white movies about agohlism and being really deepand loving hemmingway and thinking he's really cool, but hewouldn't be really cool because he'd be Shakespeare in two thousand and twentyand no one's cool in tw thousand and twenty except US yeah like on your likehangout. He would have been like, oh, like I'll pay for your bowl of likestew, when we go to like the town square together, but then, likesuddenly like he's out of shillings and like you, only brought enough shillingsfor you, so you have to like split the soup and it's like not that good. So,like there's rats in the streets, everyone has your fucking Aacockeaccentand you're, probably like your teeth, are falling out and you're, nothaving a good time nor a good day and Shakespeare's. Just like a sowry love, Yeu're, not historical scholars. Don'twrite US okay. So let's talk about mcbath, whichis our first fora in this whole aky thing, and by Avy thing I mean takingwigipedia pages and making them into performance texts, because we'reartists, because e big Old, a big old tm after that yeah, the only aret wecare about. I think US making is weird and or patchwork arein that way one hundred percent. So we were really excited about this and it was fun and strange, like I feellike for me, who did the writing of this onespecifically and also for Josh, who has done some writing of some other oneswho can offer his insight on the whole on the whole ordeal of writing the is,I feel, like the first draft quote: Unquote came out really quickly, butthen it sort of took like a little fanesting to like make it into a playand make it make sense specifically for an audio format and also not make itgood, which was my favorite part, there'ssomething so specific about the...

...absolute stress of always having to vetyour ideas and say: okay. Is this a good idea or a bad pooby, cockat idea,and based on that initial judgment, you say like does this deserve to exist andhere's the thing Mama that if any of us, if any of our parents had that samethought about us, many of us would not exist because they've been like. No.That would be a bad idea. I don't want that feature film in my life and Idon't want credits for it, but o ING Credit Woll, for that is the thingsometimes you have to just make Hart, and especially when art is your job,you have to find ways to make art in a low steaks. Low Stress Situation,because theaters, really stressful and music is really stressful and beingalive is really stressful. So saying I'm going to make bad art and ear badthat are on purpose yeah and not meaning that, as in like it's, you know,unentertaining or in bad faith, but that it's just reduced to such a specific elemental stage, a wikipediaplot, summary, yeah and t and iting ourselves to just that. As theconstraants you know yeah, and then you make it and then their actualproduction constraints of like okay cool in the Wikipedia plotsummary. Itjust says you know they go to Scotland, but then in an audio format as a sounddesigner and a writer, I'm like wait. What does that sound like? What is theactual experience of that moment? And it becomes a lot harder and you have todo a lot of minute edits to the script, to make sure thatit actually makes sense totally so passed away yeah. So let's listen to it, and maybe maybethis will be more memorable for you listener, then the Remite, which itdefinitely is for me, we listen to the real mcbeth and then come back andlisten to this and say wow. I feel very refreshed by this contemporary. Take tink on Shakespeare's make Beth, let'slisten. Who should our next meeting be with?Should our next meeting bee with Macbeth? Yes with, like that, so we'vedecided, then you donk you. Yes, your General Mc Mith,who is the scene of cloms as well as your kinsman and bank, will live,defeated the aled forces of Norway and Ireland who were traitorously led bymcdonwold and the thene of Godor. I praise him for his bravery and hisprowess. An battle King Dugin he've been wounded. How about this weather Banuo? How aboutit? How about our victory and war? Macbest howbout it all this talking andwe've wandered onto this heaf hello wo, and we will tell you ou prophecies, whoare you what prophecies all HAV VAIN OF AL L, San of Codor, All Hal? You willbe king, hereafter I'mstunned. What about my fortunes? Youwill be less than mcnet, but yet her that him, you will be less successfulthan Medeath, but yet more successful than he will father a line of Kings.But you will not be lo wonder what these pronouncements could possiblymean. That was a paradox. I wonder what it means. The witches have disappeared,and here is Tan Ross mcbeh, I'm here to bestow on you a title Fane of cador.That was the first prophecy and now it's been fulfilled. I was sceptical before, but now I'mbeginning to feel like. I have ambition to be king. Welcome you both for your success in battle andmcbeth. I declare that I will be spinning thenight at your castle in Invenis. Also. I have named my son, Malcolm as my hair. It is I the Messenger here to deliver.Your message send a message ahead to my wife, lady mackbeth, about the witcheswho told me their prophecy that I will...

...eventually Becan, of which I am stillcurrently skeptical. She has ad my castle in inverness, lady mcbeth. It is I your husband'smessenger here to deliver a message to you. I have received his message. I've arrived at in vernes snake Beth. Idon't share your skepticism regarding the prophecies from the witches. I wishthat you would kill Duncan so that you will take the throne. HMM. I don'tthink I should kill Dunk. No, you should kill Duncan. The fact that youdon't want to kill Duncan makes me fundamentally challenge your manhoo. No,I am convinced to kill Duncan and I plan to do it tonight. The plan is thatwe will get Duncans two chambermaits drunk in the night and then in themorning blame them for the murder. They will have no defense because since theywill have been frunk, they won't remember anything from the night. Yes,that's the Plan Duncan is sleeping. So now I have the opportunity here tostap him. I am still going to stab him right now,even though I am still feeling skeptical about the prophecies ingeneral, and I did Lissena the bloody dagger. The fact that I have just killed dunkit has me shaken up I'm taking charge of the rest of this plan. In accordancewith the second step of our plan, I placed the bloody dagger with theSleeping Servants we've arrived at Invernis mcduff. Yes,we have lenox. The gate is open. Thank you. Porter foropening the gate, hello, Lennox and mcduff. This way is quing Dunkans. That's King Duncan's body he's beenstamped. We whyd, you kill the guards I did so because I am in such a fit of ragebecause the guards killed King Duncan- I am e Malcolm. I am fleying to England,because I fear whoever wanted to kill King Duncan must also desire. Thedemise of his son too, I am Donald Vane. I am fleying to Ireland because I fearwhoever wanted to kill King Duncan must also desire. The demise of his son, too, both sons of King Duncan, are nowsuspects because they have fled the country as a kingsman of King Duntan.Magbethhas now assumed the throne as the new king of Scotland. I thank well feel sceptical ofmacbethu's King and the witches said in their prophecies that my descendantswould be the ones to inherit the throne. Not only am my sceptical Macbeth, I'msuspicious of Hin too, the witches said in their propheciesthat I would bekame, but the which is also said that bankos descendants wouldinherit the throne to so. I'm feeling uneasy about the state of my thingship.I invited Banco to a royal banquet, and I was surprised to find out that bothhe and his son fliance will be riting out to attend, because I really onlyinvited Bankwo. I fear that Banquo is becomingsuspicious of me. Murderers. We are the murderer. Arterers I've hired you twoouts to find and Kille Banqwo and flionce later. I will hire and send athird murderer. I'm the third murder, I've hired a third murderer. Some timehas passed, but I have also hired you to kill Banquo an flionce before theyarrive. We did kill Banquo, but flaon fled from the scene amfurious as long as any of Banco'sairs are alive. My power is not secure. Lord an Lady Macbeth, I invite you allto a night full of drinking and MERRIME IG. The GUSTOBANKO is here in my chair atthis bankwayit tat, outburst wit, Startei, TAT, chairs empty. I am desperate for you to understandthat mcbet is actually just afflicted with a harmless malady that will befamiliar to us all. The ghost O Bano was here again in mychair again at this banquet. Again, please leave. We will do so.

I am disturbed and I'm visiting youthree witches so that you will clarify your prophecies and reveal the truth tome e summon apparitions that are horrible,but they will offer further prediction that will ultimately put your feewapout, the original prophecys to rest. The first aversion is this conjuredhead, be bik. Do the second apparition? Is this bloodychild? Nowthe? Third Appermassion is a crown child holding a tree. You will besad. Til, great Barnan wood comes to Dunson ain't hill. I'm relieved because I know that allmen are born from women and that forest don't move. Will any of banquos sons. EverrullScotland have conjured a procession of eightCrown Kins all eight of these kings. Look similarly to Bankwell the eighthking at the end of the procession has a mirror of the mirror is reflecting evenmore kings, reflections of the Kings also or similar an appearance toBanquin. Oh I've realized that this apparitionmeans that all of Bankro's descendants will acquire the kingship of manydifferent countries. Now we will do our while te DA. Now wewill do wild daswemcdeath has fled to England ches mcduf castle. I mostcruelly order murderers to slaughter, mcduff, his wife and his children.Everyone in mcduff's castle has been put to death, though he himself was notthere. I am feeling racked with guilt of thecrimes that Macbeth and I have committed those crimes being killingKing Duncan framing his servants and killing his guards. Gentlewomen Lady mccreth has beensleepwalking lately. What a strange habit for her to develop doctor. Sheseems to be in a trance the murders of King Duncan Lady Mekdoff and BigquellFillm me with deep sorrow and I'm trying to get thes stain ofblood off my hands, but nothing can wash it off. I pressured Macbeth to kill Duncan,which has caused the rest of the murders. This is an ironical reversalbecause earlier I had claimed to macbefat the little water clears us allof this deed and that has turned out to be not true. In my case, it isastonishing how lady mcbeth has descended into madness. It is such amarvel we're in England mcduff your castle issurprised, wife and Babe Savagely slaughtered. The fact that this newshas reached me at all strikes me with grief: I've ev revenge for their deaths.I Malcolm have successfully raised an army here in England and I plan tochallenge make Beth's forces. I will join you in that ride, Malcolm and Iwill lead you my army and seward earl of North Hampton against denseninecastle. We, the Scottish, noble support of this invesion. We, the ScottishNoves, are aparled by mcbats tyrannical behavior. The Scottish nobles arefraigtened by mcbeths Marrd, the rest behavior. I order you to cut down all of thesetrees around our cap in burnawood carry the limbs of the tree so that ournumbers are camauflage when we continue toward mcbeth's ranks at Dunsonane. I have just received the news that LadyMacbeth has killed herself and I feel that I am sinking now into a despairthat is both deep and pessimistic. She should have died hereafter. There would have been a time for such aword to morrow and to Morrowow end tomorrow, creeps inthis petty pace from day to day to the last syllable of recorded time and all our yesterdays have lightedfools the way to dusty death out brief candle life is but a walkingshadow, a poor player that strucks and...

...fresh es hour upon the stage and thenhas heard no more. It is a tail told by an idiot full ofsound and fury signifying nothing. Despite my previous reflections on thebrevity and meaninglessness of life, I will still fortify Donzonane as I waitfor the English army to approach for battle. I feel certain that theprophecies from the wishes will mean that I will be invincible in thisbattle, because all men are born of women and forests cannot move on theirown. Am a messenger, and I have arrived withthis message. The English army is a fancin on Dunton aid. They wereshielded with treelins that they cut from burn of wood, that fulfills one ofthe witches three prophecies and I had struck with fear. This battle is coming to itsculmination Li Beth. I'm here to confront you, I'm going to kill seawardydiingthe English forces have overwhelmed my army and my castle, butmcduff. I have no reason to fear you. I was from my mother's room and timelyripped. I am not literally a woman born thisfulfills. The second prophesy- and I have just realized now too late-that I have misinterpreted the witches prophecies, though I am doomed I'llcontinue to fight whthe remaining prophecy, is the onlyone left to be fulfilled. I'm going to behead you here is mcbeth's head orter has beenrestored. My last reference I'll make to lady macbethis that Tis thought by self and life andhats that she took her own life. What was the method of her suicide?That is undisclosed? I am now the King of Scotland, and I declare that I havebenevolent intentions for the country. I invite you all to see me be crownedat go: Okay, yeah, O Soud good. Well, that was a full experience of aShakespeare play nothing. There was there was no context missing. There wasno poeticism lost. I think that it all. We really got the juices flowing fromthat yeah. I think that's really the kind of language that they say whenthey talk about the fact that Shakespeare really sort of took theEnglish language and really shaped it into something of his own and sort ofleft, a mark on society forever with yeah the language such as I'm going tobe head you now, the Poe, the pometicism is really justlike hopping off the FAC. Absolutely I'm really proud of US too, because wereally took one might say a bloaded original text.I really wrung it out, so we got the good those good juices, ethe essence ofthe. What that play really wanted to be into a twe. Sixteen minutes I totallyagree, and we really found the most essential pieces and really broughtthem to the forefront and just kind of left everything elsethat we didn't need in the garbage pile. You know I mean we didn't really needanything that we didn't include. I think we were really really resourcefulwith digging through this rubbage pile that was the original, stripped anddraumatirgically interpreting it into this new and exciting form. You knowwhen he says I'm going to kill seword and then sebid goes like I epl ter ansee where it goes. I am dead. How would you know? Otherwise you wouldha that he was dead if he didn't say I'm dead. You know literally myfavorite line in any Shakespeare play of the three that I've ever read iswhen hamlet kills, Polonius and Polenius just goes, I'm slain and thenslumps. That is my favorite plane, then hes slown, Slon, yeah oniestly, but truly what the celebration here is that we gave we gave Brandy, our lovely director andar cast such a Pisigen herrible performance document with so somelittle subtext and so little room for actual Lik nuanced acting and they madelemons out of lemonade and really made so thing that made me laugh a lot whileI was working on it yeah I love mcbad, I loveof the...

...everything that filled up make a baths,and I just love like that. onotechnicality I feel like I havewatched M and a redmicbath and really understand everything that happens inmcbeth. You know like the irony when she said it's an ironical. You knowturn the verse derstand that that's the irony ind the play. I understand theirony is part of it. Now, I'm back to being thirteen, and I was I was won soso I wasn't using sparknotes at thirteen. But when I went to school inhigh school- and I was fifteen- and I was looking at spark notes, so I didn'thave to read. I really feel like we took what spart notes was offering andreally just like, took it to the next level, really just bumped it up withour friend ikopediacom dotnet, dot, Bom Dogov. So the other thing, besides ourfeelings about the classics that have brought us to this point today on thisafternoon or whatever you're listening to this is our feeling is about adaptation, aloveish yeah which are super exciting and go super deep, and so this is anadaptation yeah. You know just like really digging in really just like you know like pulling the threads outand just finding what we needed to create this adaptive tab on might say,we're archaeologists, and that this was an athological exercise in reallydetermining the human condition and how it stays the same over centuries. Youknow, I think, we're really doing important work. I dug through the Dertto find this Blak holding our hands in me, loverd an mud and dirt and bugs, but the thing that is exciting iscontemporary adaptation, because what it does for contemporary writers isthat it puts classical texts or whatever you're.Basing your inquiry on. In conversation with current events andwith sort of current sensibilities, current conceptions about the humancondition and a lot of the time gives it the sort of skeletal nature of a piece,a lot more sort of like thematic depth, because often adoptations are veryspecific, they're, very specifically, situated in a time or a culture or a place, andthat's exactly what we're interested in exploring in terms of curatingadaptations of classic literature. For this podcast that was just so beautifully said. Iwas just taking it in for sick yeah, so we are really excited to with the sameenergy that we're focusing on seeking out interesting classic plays by peoplethat are dead. Doing this thing, doing the same for really cool interesting,emerging alive writer, soinformers directors, artmakers pulses, who havethoughts yeah with pulses that are at like. What's sixty three beats: pue probablyhave twitter, like yeah, honestly e're, really excited we're really excited touse this platform that were sort of building with wood, staks ourselves topresent other plays that we think are really fucking cool and the first onewas mcbeth adaptation and the title is Beth and it was written by Alex Lynnand we were lucky enough to first of all, no Alex one of us. Josh workedwith Alex at actor theater of Lubeville. Last year yeah last year we wereapprentices together in the professional training company makingthose connections, but we were very excited actually tofind this play totally by accident and then sort of put it together. After thefact, when I read on her new play exchange profile that she worked, anactor Stater of Louisville the same year, Joshdid- and I was like Jos, whatwhat are the chances that you know Alex Lynn and Josh said. I love that, likehere's, the beautiful thingso about the Internet that we're using WIKIPEDIA andnew play exchange and putting them basically in conversation. So the newplay exchange is a beautiful database for contemporary writers to share theirwork to share samples to share full scripts, and we use that in the sametag, not BA non sponsored to all should we hate to use. It also donate to Icopedia, because they're really great, but I like Lauren being a playwrightand me being a drameteur. We use newplay exchange for various reasonsand the ability to filter through the scripts and the writers who were onthat site is really really exciting and we've been able to pull so manydifferent adaptations from that site and start to think about them and startto think about reaching out to those writers and explore relationships withliving. People who are telling really...

...great stories based on glasscow plays yeah. So in the ladder half of this episode, we aregoing to be featuring some exops from Beth and also an interview with Alex.Yes, it's really excited, I'm really excited it's really exciting.Podcast itself is really G. It's quaking in its boots. So before we getto our interview with Alex here's, little more information about herwritven by her Alex Lynn is an Asian American playright from Bergen County.New Jersey, her place have been workshopped with actor theater ofLouisvilles Professional Training, company, the rude mechanicals inRichland, Washington and upcoming Miami University as an xtm, kid Alex is alsoa content creator for a twenty four film space media company Super Cluster,where she's written editorial articles featuring former astronaut, NicholStopp, Mike Mase minow and screenwrder Marcayman blacks. One Alex was recentlyseen as number eleven in actors theaters production of the wolvesdirected by Peron Usifsada, BFA N Yu Tish. So I'm Alex Lyn, I'm from Birgain County New Jersey, I'ma jersey, girl, througin through that's, like probably seventy fivepercent of my personality and e other twenty five percent is beingmixedgraces Asian, with specifically an Asian mom and like never getting tohave like any sleepovers. Oh when I was a kid because I don' Gov their parents,so that's most of who I am I'm a playwright. I also am a spacejournalist. I work for age. Twenty four space media company Super Cluster- I Love Space and science and Stam, andI don't know I like wrote this kind of just to reflect on the stem high school.I went to and like what that experience, I guess how that affected me into mylike adult life and just like the way that I have noticed myself. Like I don't know, I guess I guess just likewhat kind of values it like instillin me good in Bak, so yeah, that's me, yeah, that's, really cool! It's beenreally exciting to see Beth take shape and to sort of be like. Oh, it's kindof like a really interesting window into that experience, because I comingfrom a shitty high school know nothing about like people killing each other over yeah,opportunit, yeah or overlike grades, or over, like competitions or stuff. That,like you, think, is reatly important when you're in the moment- and it'stold to you that it's really important by basically everybody around you, butonce you actually get to like life outside of high school. You Realize, oh,that didn't that didn't really matter I mean like it does matder. I'm notsaying like fail school guys, Fotli Fale School Fale School, but it'sdefinitely not like the beall end. All that people would have you believe itwould. It is yeah. Everything definitely feels like the mostimportant thing in the worlds when you're likeand seventeen totally yeah. I miss that Hme too yeah now I'kind like to know what anything is ye like. What's important, my m, no, its sleep important, maybesometimes possibly, could you find it in your soul to giveus a really quick like one to two cenn summary of Beth, so one o two setan summary I would sayBeth- is about elap magnet school teens in northernNew Jersey, literally fighting for their lives over the IntelInternational Science, Fair Grand Prize, seventy five thousand dollars, whichwill basically get you into Harvard or any Ivy League that you want and youget to meet former president Obama yeah and, like I mean they like killeach other, I mean that's, that's the kind of that's like the summary I don't. So what would you say that yourrelationship is to the theatrical cannon of Shakespeare, yeah or justlike? Igeneral just in general. Well I was, I was really really reallybig nerd in high school, so I always really really love the theatricalcannon. I really like Shakespeare a lot, but I think, as I got older and as Irealized Oh, like I'm, not a white person because you, like you, don't feel likeyou're not like born realizing that you're different, I'm sure that makes alot of sense. I kind of had to like reconcile that you know a lot of this cannon has been gate kept and specificallylike reconstructed for white people, and it was difficult for me toreconcile that because I like...

Shakespeare so much, and I reallyreally really wanted to be a part of like that community and it's not to saythat I felt like explicitly excluded, but I definitely felt that I was very much put into a box becauseof just like the identities I happene to be born with, and that frustrated me a lot. It mademe really really really frustrated because it, you know you kind of getthis impression from people teaching Shakespeare all it Shakespeare. Anybodycan do it right, it's relatable to anybody. It's really only relatable toanybody if you actually, if you actually make it relatable to anyanybody- and you actually include everyone and you don't just keepcasting based on your preconceived notions of what I don't know whatRichard the third supposed to look like or what a mcbath is supposed to looklike we're supposed to act like you know, yeah, so yeah, yeah and you've been able to be in likeperform in a bunch of Shakespeare, right, yeah way too much. So how wasthat sort of not only studying it but then actuallybeing in it sort of embodying and those individual productions to sort of? Howdid that? I guess shape or change or augment those feelings I think being in it? Well, actually, itreally depends production to production in the Environment Y. U you're in. Iwould say best case scenario. You Know Shakespeare. The languageelevates you so much, and I think if you really, you know, ifyou do it, I don't want to like sound, pretentious or anything, but I think Ithink, frankly, that people doing shakeseare can get a little pretentiousin a little too caught up in like the language and the structure whill.That stuff is like important. I think the most important stuff is like themost simple things that he writes and if you allow that stuff to really likehit, you like, I guess, just for example, mother, losing her child orsomebody losing their spouse or somebody having like unrequited loveand like having it never be reciprocated to them all. Those verylike simple ideas. I think it just shows you howemotionally intelligent he was, and that's why his plays have lasted solong. It's not necessarily just because of the language. It's because you knowthese are plays about people like Peop, you actually like start to like them.You know because they have so much personality so that those experiences are awesomeand they're really really cool to go through, because it's like, oh, likepeople, really aren't that different, and we haven't really changed that muchover the centuries for better for worse worst case scenario, I've definitely felt a little liketokeny, sometimes especially like in classical spaces or an any PA spaces.Where we're dealing with like the theatrical cannon, I think it'ssomething dealing with as like an actor of color,it's a little confusing, sometimes because you never really know. Did I get this part because they wantto like make a statement. Or did I get this part because they actually thinkI'm the best person for this part, so sometimes being in like those differentenvironments? It's very uncomfortable- and I guess just like my goal as awriter- is to try to eliminate any of those questions by just making playsmore inclusive period. You know yeah so going along with that sort ofinteraction and those sort of personal explorations, and thatweird double think of like am I in this, because I'm good- and I gin thisbecause there's some kind of agenda behind the Li directors vision. Theywant a cute agen girl, yeah, like what is it Neen for me to be here as opposedto a bunch of other people who don't have to think about that? Who? Might Ube like yeah, I'm here, because I'm really good yeah period notally. Iguess what about mcbeth in particular. Was Attention O grabbing for you? As awriter, I have always really really really likedthe writing in Nick Beth. I think it's almost like the perfect revenge storyand it's like a revenge story. Multiple Fronts, I just really love revengestories. I've always really really like them, and I think they're kind of honestly, I kind of think most popularrevenge stories, at least in some part, are drawn from mcbeth and whatever,whatever other cannon Makedeth might de drawn from, because, as we know, sheear did not come up with any of his own plots and when he did come up with hisown plas, they were really SBAD, AI, really bad. The tempest. I don'tlike the tempest o Tat, Oh shit, I hat it oing, like I don't really care about,like I understand, like the emotional...

...impactes, like, oh I'm, retired. Fromwriting. This is my like goodbye, everybody. I say but like it's like interms of like goodbye pieces of Ar, I think the tempas wouldbe like a zero athink. Toe's Black Star would be a temt like that. That I thinkis like the scale of good. Like Se, you never place album plays vers Kay totally. Itotally went off the rails, but yeah. I guess just like longStrasher. I've always really really really liked the writing a Micbeth.It's specifically like it's a very emotional play, and I've always reallyreally liked that it's emotional, while alsobeing very strategic, which I think I don't know you, wouldn't necessarilythink it as just like somebody thinking of stem very like surface love on avery surface level sort of way, but going to a stem high school. Everybodyis super strategic, but also super emotional, at the same time, becausetheir homeets are going crazy. They think if they don't win thiscompetition or they don't get into Harvor at the end of the world and atthe same time they have to, like, I don't know, go finish a lab in threedays like ride alap, Ror Port in three days and make sure, like you, don't runout of like paper in your labbook, because it all has to be carbon copyand, like you have to make sure you R, like H, like I hope, I'm not going tosit. I try not to say people's name. DOCR P reads this well enough for me toget a good grade. You know. So that's what drew mad o Mac Beth,because I just felt like it was relatable and I think that'swhat draws a lot of people to Shakespeare even as old as those playsare yeah. So you touched on this a littlejust now and also in the beginning, but so related to that to like what is Bethabout to ou, for you like in a thematic sort of way. For me that really like came out of me ill start at the very beginner. I thinkthis play. Obviously I was very influenced by peerless. I hope not tothe point where people are going to think I like plagiarized. I don't thinkso, but I'm sure somebody will get angry at me and I'm prepared for it. I love hate mail, av Ta immediately, so I read peerlessby Gha Park and I, as I was reading it I was like. Oh my God. Oh my God. This is just like my schoolexcept at the same time. It wasn't so I kind of wrote Beth in an effort tobe like this is my school, and this is what wehad to deal with. This is what I had to deal with. This is what my friends hadto deal with more than just college acceptances,because college acceptances, no doubt we're very, very, very- was a verytense time, but for me going to this high school, that was almost like a constant thinglike it wasn't just college. It was also all these other competitionshappening in between and it was always like, buildingtowards college, obviously and then building towards. I don't know I likehaving a great career, but it was almost like a constant sortof energy, so I just kind of wrote: Beth, almost like a therapy for myselfto be like okay yeah. This did happen. This did happen to all of us. Therewere people like this, and this is how I coped with it, but I guess just more as I reflect more andmore about the play, I think it also for me was about being somebody who was like. I mean it's like a step. Schools, eventhough I was in like the very like arsy Farsy Academy, I still was doing a lotof stem classes and in that stet environment, and I had a lot of friendsin that environment, and it was just kind of reflecting on the values that I adhered to, which I kind of regret now like likehow how women have to Wor Femidine vyine people have to adopt more masculine traits, really to beaccepted in stem and kind of have to act like the boys for lack of a betterterm to join the boys club doing air quotes, but nobodand yeah, justreflecting on that and how I think in Western society. We kind ofunderstand ambition as this very masculine thing period and you kind of in Mebect, you kind ofhave the confent between the feminine and the masculine, though notnecessarily in in the scribed genders. You would think you know we have ladymcbeth being the more masculine partner and make that's be inthe more feminine.I writing Beth, wanted to.

I guess just explore that conflictwithin the self rather than having it be an to separate people, because it'sdefinitely something I experienced. While I was at high school, Idefinitely felt like I had to adopt more masculine, more aggressive andsometimes more like, I guess, just like cutthrow and emotionally violent sortof behaviors just to survive and just to like kind of be seen,especially as young small and pretty small Asian Feminine Presenting Woman in thatEnvironment. I think a lot of why I felt like I hadto perform that I did anymore was because in a sad way- and I'm notsaying this is like like what I actually believe, but I think people saw me a certain way and we're immediately dismissive, so I definitely felt like I had toperform more, so this play was really me just like trying to figure out why. Why did Ifeel like I have to do that? How fucked up is it? Is it? Is it an okay excuse to be justas like, violent and ambitious? I guess just so.You feel like you can survive at the end of this play. I think I'vedefinitely concluded no, but I think it was. It was just likesomething I wanted to work out, so I decided to work it out in a play interms of telling this story based on sort of the framework of a piece in the western Candin, NickBeth and sort of based on your the intersection or the interaction of yourpersonal lived experience, and this piece of art peerless, which sort oflike brought it up a little bit was not fully like scratching. The itch was notexactly like the move. The experience, the like Cathartic release that youwere looking for. I guess what was the experience writingspecifically an adaptation being inspired by these works and alsoyourself, and was there any sort of while you were working on it, any sortof like mishmash of these things banging aroundin your head or what was the experience of adaptation for you? I think this might make MOU sound,really really naughty, but I didn't really look at mcvesh that much welljust because I think it's such for most people. I would say mostpeople know the plot, like the very basic plot, and I personally kind ofdidn't want to feel behold into going seen by Seeng by seeing by Sceng, thenmaking it like a perfect match. I wasn't really interested in doing that.What I really was interested by in Macbeth was the struggle between themasculine effect and the feminine and the ambition. So those were the reallylike the big things I took, and I kind of just like looked at the listedcharacters and picked the names that I liked and like rifte on them anddecided who I wanted to keep in the play and who I didn't want to keep inthe play and also you know, looking at the list ofcharacters. Try to think if I knew anybody in that, I had like had an experiencewithin high school. That kind of reminded me of them so that that's pretty much as far ashiy went in terms of like referencing, the actual. What do you call it? Source text, ore source material and then I kind ofjust knew the big things I had to do. I knewdon't get how to die. I Knew Bank O had to die and I knew there had to be like princesbut like they don't necessarily have to like. Be that important. They kind ofrun away and do whatever, and I knew that that my pratagonistanti Prortinas Antagit, whatever you want to call it Aunti hero, had to dieand had to be killed by whoever was standing in Fer mcduff. So I just kind of went off of that and used parts of high school that likeactually happened, conversations that I could like vaguely remember, and I kindof just like stitched it all together into this narrative, all building up tolike enteil being announced and obviouslythey were like Libertye shake and we never had a hog groast. But wedefinitely like come on the magnet school like it's. Not Itwasn't like rotten you guys, like Phillips, exiter or something I don'tknow Eman in school in New Jersey it was. We definitely had fancy events,but...

...is kind of based on that and like. Wedefinitely had very uncomfortable school wide meetings in the auditorium that werereally weird and just like very tone. Deaf then we CE has parties, so it's just all kind of like stuff. Ijust stitched together. I didn't really want to be Super Beholdento. Anystructure when I was making this because I felt like if I were going,was going to make myself Bholdin to a structure. I just wasn't going to endup writing you know, so I just kind of like went for it and like vomited itall out and just let it be as long as it needed to be until I felt like okay,it's done, and then obviously I edited and likeshowed it to my friend. Ithi, make sense. Also like this one character, Ithink you gave them two last names by a my accident, a D I was like Oh yeah andthen like people are like. Oh wait. What year Asisan I was like, Oh yeah, Idon't making a lot likyin a lot. I making alot of thousanda eighteen references when I set this plan in two thousandand fourteen oobviously stuff, IAD Ta Change, butthat's just kind of what he did yeah yeah, it's so interesting, because Joshand I have been talking about adaptation like a whole bunch since westarted working on Aki and it's like there's this spectrum of like I'm,going to like remake every scene and it's going to like fit into this likeshape of what the source text is versus, like I'm, going to be inspired by theshape of it by the themes of it by like maybe some characters and not othercharacters and then also layering on of my armaphy on top of it, it's just likeyeah it like mixes it up and like makes it too so interesting are final and best question is so now we're about to listen to egxerbsfrom thet, which is Goinna, be really good. What do you want people to have in their brains as they listen toBeth? What do you want to Prie hm? I guess going in a Beth, try to remember whatit was like in high school to think that every test, or every likeinteraction you had was like the end of the world and try to think about the young peoplethat you have in your life? Who might be going through that as you listen tothis plac when Shallwe thred me togain in thunder,lightning or in rain? Why are you talking like that seriously? You need to stop it'sgetting annoying. Oh comeo and it's kind of cool, quoting Shakespeare is cool God. Youreally are an Apanurd, don't rag on me just because you couldn't get in it wouldn't fit my schedule: Yeah Yeah!Okay, there are two sections of IV math. You could have asked misss Bufalino totransfer to wojex class. It wasn't just IB math. It was also ip Spanish and APbio and AP yeah, okay, Tok whatever and guys can we do what we came here to do.Please, fine! Whatever such a goody two shoes, I knowseriously like do some drugs or something Gocan, you help eall right got the goods Yep. You know it what you said. We need a tongue of brow,Gogo OCO. This is how we get Congu of rap. I know I think it just lookeddifferent in my head different in your head, yeah, okay, you imagined US getting severaltongues of rat in a way other than this, like in a wait other than me rating thestem Sella thinky Apvio. I guess I did Soyeah Ara. What does Dr Pecgelees seethem? So an thatbe final in Tele checks whom...

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...physically possible yest. It is becauseyour bet- and you ae bad- you are Eliza- bet waying las name, O Ach name Gra. Mylast name sounds like another word for Panis Yeah Element. You are theprincess of microbiology, the Soren of cellular sciences, ugly fat pig. Now you are a boss as bitch and you'regoing to stop heating and drinking this rock. It's CO, zero! NO CALORIES! It sa Pertan US UNADDICTIV supsets. How are you going to be a winner when you're anadjuct? You should car over parkling water? Like me, it's Calgary andchemical free doesn't stuck in you headaches yeah, but I have like a superhigh pain Oran. So why did you care caanteler, Jo Yeah, W we're getting distracted? Thepoint is you're. Gonna turn this all around you're gonna use this to youradvantage. You'RE gonna get hot AD Skina and tha man ruin you himtract, you so distracted, don't be you know what you're going to do. Afterall of this, you know what you're going to do right after the lunge period ends no you're gonna March over to DrPladlovon to the school database, open up here in Tel Samission and you're,going to work You'eo going to Wark your ass off okay, you're, going to workyour ass off and you're going to be andtell, finalist you're, going to be afinal list, you're going to get the best in category advance to the lastround. Ind Your Guo win. You're GOINGTO, be a CRAD Prize winner,get invited to the finalist coire in DC and meet former President Bora O bo o. What Janny's gonna do he's gonna sitthere and stuff his face with more chicken coutlet sandwiches, O Womo gofrom noat RSL thow that out keep the rest ofit up in the bathroom and go to Dr Pay's office and work. Okay, Markerfucking Assoff, I'M gonna work my fuking ass off. What are you going? NoDO YOU'RE gonna! Oh My ou, queen you're gonna play the game batch. I'm Queek,I'm a bitch Huma Quikbitso got a fucking wind, I'm a fucking Winnintoltity fiveseventy, five ousand dolar TC finales waraisiis warinmeat formerpresident frock Baai'm Gonto be forme Peasyn Rockaama and I'm gonna Bodyslamo yeah get a Muzo bitch in Muzzrotdy, AA HotBo, bitch O go I'm going all right, I'm gone. What the hell is your problem, the hellis your problem, I'm not the one who just tried to murder someone, Oh my God,Chil out he was going to be fine. This is a three story window. The WRONGIT AFfal could kill a person. Would you relax? Women are so fucking dramatic? Oh I'mbeing dramatic. Yes, you are you trid to kill someone what Youv tried to killyour friend? Oh, my God, Ou try to kill your friend because he was helpinghelping you get off. He was comforting e. He was making mefeel good. Oh Nice, are you done flirting now? He was making me feel good about myselfabout who I up something. You could never be bothered to. Do I tried Beth.I tried to make you feel good all the time, but you were always so sad, so soso fucking sad, I was sad. Yes, that is what you are. You are sad and it is so painfullyobvious that your shitty attitude and stupid fucking ambition is because youare so so so insecure, Oh lase, you're a workaholic, oh my God. Yes, yes,you're a fucking worcaholic and you...

...self sabotage. Every relationshipyou've ever had because you are totally fucking lost when even one second ofeveryone else's time is not completely spent on you. Why should everyoneelse's time be spent on me? Youn attention to Tatarion? Well, you're,literally Hitler Wow. It's always been about you, a stupid, fucking, intail competition. Just a minute. I met you, it that'swhat youere always about winning into it was never about US whyare. You sosurprise that you knew that intell was important tome. Why are you acting so surprised? Because I thought that once yourealized what this was, you would change your mind. WHY WOULD I change my mind? Becausethis is real, but we have had is real and it's something worthinvesting your time and realistically on I mean it's certainly a morerealistic investment than it insout. Why is intown? Not a realisticinvestment. Intel is the best high school sciencecompetition in the world. Winning means the best colleges that scholarships thebest research fellowships the as career the best future, the best life. What about a life with me is winning more important than a lifewith me. It is not just about the winning you fucking Peopr, an Sochiobat.It is about math and sience. It is about the two most structured dangiblereal that exist when a tree fals enforce it's notbecause it just felt like doing it. It's because of math an science. It'sbecause the Earth gradational pole wrenched it into the crownd grabbing,one of the four fundamental nteractions of physicss and inevitable force,drawing two objects closer and closer together until they cllide and gravityraise down on these trees and up ends their roots and causs structuralinstabilities that send them crashing into the ground. That is what you are Daddy. You are gravity. You are a structuralinstability, pulling me closer and closer to you until every last good part of me has been waydone by your incomprehensibly heavy vast and doundless stupidity, but gravity is also the weakest of thephysical forces and Iam not about to be grownded by a weak, fucking force. We've developed these theories. We'vedeveloped these objectives, these stepping stones of understanding theworld around us and these steps namic sense you and I danny. We just never made sense ow. What am Isupposed to do about that? I broke my fucking heart beath he's fucking dead, fucking dead, Oh my God, so those were three scenesfrom Alex Lynde's Beth. I love best. I look it a lot. I love agood Brittny spears reference. Obviously, Oh my God. IT'S SLADE! Ilove that scene so much, and I just love how like really like emotionally raw and vulnerabledisplayes and how dangerous this play feels and how it' sort of like we weretalking about in our interview, with Alex sort of personifies, how intenseand edgy and like life and death, literally stakes,everything is in high school, and I just it's a play that I was excited toread and I wish I wrote. So what more can you say than that honestly yeah? Itwas, and once again we truly found this in the void just like on newplayexchange totally randomly, and we were so excited to come on it because thereare, I mean mcbeth is a very classic play. Obviously, as I'm say that it'sthe Best Shakespeare play. So naturally there are a bunch of adiptations, butthis one was not only close to us personally because we knew Alex, but interms of shared experience in terms of just sort of understanding where thisplace s coming from...

...and the emotions that fuel it. It wasjust really exciting for both of us to read and also exciting, to see andrehearsal insin. This was so much fun where else trulyas a sound designer, do you get to design rat tails, getting cut offtotally or Siery souved by a pencil ten out of ten everybody should read thisplay yes, read and produce it and then turn like lots of money and say that wesent you there. So this was our first episode of acompedia. This was the Funn aky pilot icky flu yeah. So as we as we move forward with thisproject, basically, what you can expect from us is some more episodes like this,where we feature excerpts from adaptations andpair them with performances of the AK scripts of said adaptation subjectmatter and also we're going to do some shorter forum, more text focused acyepisodes where we present each other with a surprise, icky and Leav. Readthem live and react to them in real time and some other stuff too. Maybewe'll talk about musicals, because I can't stop thinking about musicalsthese days. For some reason: Yeah Yeah Yeah. Well, we hope you come backalso donate to wikipedia because they, if you've ever been on Wikipedia, theyprobably have a please donate to us. Please preserve the neutrality of this encychlopedia online,so donate too Pikapedia also donate to US yeah. We Lor artists, as we lovetoording the arts, especially when those artists and arts are living. Yes,when they're alive and they've a pulse and a twitter, they need Monte. If you are so inif you. So if you areso inclined, please go to ICIPEDIACOM and fund us through paypal and supportthe channel and support the artists that we hope to work within the future.So this is Acopedia were pos holes and we're poking fun at an in she's. Aseatrical can an I said it, my favorite e material. She came upwith that. It's the smartest thing I've ever heard, and I've heard benty smartthings. I worked on Mick bad, so okay by fine mcbath was directed by Brandy, carrywritten by Lauren, Gerico and performed by Amara Padroso sacal Alex SeymorJasmine Thomas Ben Barnett, Jasmine Cornel, Brittany, Lu, Jillian son Carol,John and Phene Holden Beth was written by Alex Lynn directed by Karothian andperformed by Brity Lu nooccasion, SI rulsry dos Jillian son Carol, Johng andPhebe Holden.

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