THREE WITCHES

A tale of greed, murder, revenge and outrage told from the vantage of those who fate never smiled upon.

Three Witches retells the saga of the Scottish play (aka MacBETH as long as you’re not reading this aloud in a theatre) from the vantage of the Three Weird Sisters without the use of anything truly supernatural; and a few other twists.  The story is relayed to us by a troupe of travelling players who assume all parts large and small (encouraging diverse casting opportunities).  Think Tom Stoppard’s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead meet Paula Vogel’s Indecent (but for the Scottish play).

Hecate, a self-proclaimed dark witch, is double booked and trades off her second appointment to the sisters (rival white witches/apothecarians of their day) for a few hallucinogenic roots.  The job is to deliver a message to Lord MacBeth, manipulatively arranged by Lady MacBeth herself, thus setting into motion the events laid out in William Shakespeare’s tale of greed, lust and power.

The king (Duncan) is killed, MacBeth assumes power; or should we say, Queen MacBeth assumes power.  King MacBeth does all he can, even killing Banquo (his best friend), in order to secure his wife’s love.   The rest of the country skirmishes; Lady MacDuff requests sanctuary for her family, Banquo’s son, Fleance, runs away, only to injure himself and be found by the youngest of the Three Sisters, November, who takes him home, like a lost dog, in order to nurse him back to health.  Meanwhile Hecate erupts on the sisters’ home, demanding her share.

Word arrives that Lady MacBeth plans to cleanse the New Scotland of any unwanteds, and the list is quite long.  In order to survive the coming genocide, it is up to the witches to take history into their own hands. 

Reading script includes STAGE DIRECTIONS To be read aloud: