Wed@One: Jose Solís with Erica Schmidt & Camila Canó-Flaviá
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For this Wed@One, Floria Lasky Visiting Artist Jose Solís, will be talking to the director and cast members of Mac Beth, an all-female production of the Shakespeare classic that played last Spring at the Red Bull Theater and this winter at Hunter Theater Project.
Jose Solís said: "I've seen over a dozen productions of Macbeth, and none had the urgency, vitality, and poetry of Erica Schmidt's adaptation. Her all-female Mac Beth made me understand the inherent tragedy of the play: that our destinies are determined by the roles we choose to play and not by our stars. This was especially poignant because of the powerful work of the all-female ensemble, who showcased the insidiousness of toxic masculinity and the pervasive way in which we inherit an addiction to violence. I saw the production three times and with apologies to any Bard purists, it's the only adaptation I'd like to see done from now on."
Jose Solís (Theatre Critic) began his career as a critic when he was a teenager and launched a film review website while living in Honduras. He began writing about theatre while attending college in Costa Rica, and upon moving to NYC in 2012 focused entirely on the stage. His work has appeared in The New York Times, American Theatre, TDF Stages, Backstage, 3 Views, and America Magazine. He is the co-creator and co-host of the Token Theatre Friends podcast/webseries.
Erica Schmidt (Director). Directing credits include: Mac Beth (Seattle Rep, Red Bull Theater); Richard II with Robert Sean Leonard (The Old Globe); Cyrano and All the Fine Boys at The New Group (writer and director); Turgenev’s A Month In The Country (Classic Stage Company); Dennis Kelly’s Taking Care Of Baby (Manhattan Theatre Club); Jonas Hassen Khemiri’s I Call My Brothers and the Obie Award-winning Invasion! (both for The Play Company)
Camila Canó-Flaviá (Macduff). Broadway: Network (Belasco Theater). Off-Broadway: Dance Nation (Playwrights Horizons; Drama Desk Award Winner for Outstanding Ensemble). Regional: The Coast Starlight (La Jolla Playhouse), My Jane (Chester Theater Company). TV: Lovecraft Country (HBO), Madam Secretary (CBS), Orange is the New Black (Netflix). Education: BFA from Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University.