Thursday, March 31, 2016

Fleetwood Mac meets Macbeth in "Fleetwood Macbeth," show will open April 1 at Public House Theatre

Credit: Jeremy Kanne

Following well-received shows like "A Nightmare on Backstreet" and "Bates: An '80s Psycho Parody," Ricky Glore has decided blend the music of Fleetwood Mac with Shakespeare's "Macbeth" in his latest show, "Fleetwood Macbeth."

The show will open 8 p.m. April 1 at The Public House Theatre, 3914 N. Clark St., Chicago, and will run on Fridays and Saturdays through April 30. Tickets are $15, available at The Public House Theatre.

I had the chance to talk to Glore about the show.

Q - Great talking to you again. What was your inspiration in writing “Fleetwood Macbeth?”

Two of my best received shows at The Public House have been parody shows, "A Nightmare on Backstreet" and "Bates: An '80s Psycho Parody." After doing a couple original musicals - "Babysitter Massacre '78" and "Maul Santa" - I was tossing around some ideas with my fiancee (Ali Delianides, who plays "Lady" in this production), and I just said the title "Fleetwood Macbeth," and her face immediately lit up.

With Fleetwood Mac being her all-time favorite band, she wasn't going to let this be just an idea, and pushed me forward to write the show.

Q - What would you like audiences to come away with from the show?

I would love audiences to get wrapped up in the fun, ridiculous world, that has elements/themes of the Shakespeare classic, but also has this rock concert feel, that I think is hard not to have a good time during.

I want the audience to walk away after the show, saying to themselves, "Damn, that cast was crazy talented." Because it is true.

This cast is one of the most talented in the city right now. 

Q - Do the themes in the show resemble the presidential race at all?

It's a little hard to find a Shakespeare play that doesn't touch on political manipulation a little bit, and this one is no different. I think audiences could draw some parallels, but in truth, it wasn't written as a direct satire of our current political climate.

Q - How did you go about choosing what Fleetwood Mac songs to use in the show?

Having the Fleetwood Mac album catalogue on my iPod, I was pretty familiar with most songs, and while I wrote the script, I would get to moments with the characters, and say to myself, Oh, the tone of this scene feels like "Go Your Own Way," so of course you have to put that song in the show.

Not every well-known Fleetwood Mac song could make it into the show. "Rhiannon" is a great song, but you just can't shoehorn it in, if it doesn't line up with the story or tone going on in the script.

With that being said, and to not disappoint the audiences, certain songs that couldn't make it into the show, are being used as pre-show, intermission and post show songs that are played.

Q - How have rehearsals been going? Is the show shaping up as you envisioned?

We open April 1, and this is no April Fools joke! This cast is ready, and the rehearsal process has been a DREAM. As mentioned before, we have a ridiculously talented cast, but the crew is equally as amazing.

Dan Riley is our vocal director, and he can be seen all throughout the Chicagoland area in the Fleetwood Mac tribute group, "Say You Love Me." Laura Marsh is our choreographer, and with her expertise added to the show, we can bring intense dance numbers, like "Tusk," to life!

Q - What ideas are you working on for future shows?

Starting May 31, weAREproductions (my production team), will be launching a show, that has an open run at The Public House Theatre, at 8 p.m. on the last Tuesday of every month called "Cinema Sacrifice Theater."

Like the charm of "Mystery Science Theatre 3000" and "RiffTrax," "Cinema Sacrifice Theater" humorously skewers the best of the worst movies, but invites you to come and enjoy the jabs in person, in a live theatre setting.

A new bad movie will be chosen each month by the audience (from a selection of trailers). Some "classics" may include "Warriors of the Wasteland," "The Boy in the Plastic Bubble" and "The Werewolf of Washington."