Murdering Macbeth is a darker, funnier, dancier urban adaptation of Shakespeare’s masterpiece. Though cloaked with anachronistic contemporary references, music, and style, this period piece still holds true to the integrity of the original work.
Get ready for death, murder, betrayal, drama, campy injections, groundbreaking dance moves, and gaudy costuming and everything in between—all on one stage.
Brandon Miles returns to another world of chaos after allowing his pretentious friend and realtor, Norman, to pack his newly-bought building with Brandon’s long-time friends, cousin (Randy), and associates, all of whom prove to be, once again, a crippling headache. And now, instead of accepting their eviction notices and moving on, the tenants have banded together under the direction of Brandon’s nemesis, Claudette, and have filed a lofty lawsuit against him. Adding to Brandon’s grief is the fact that they are represented by none other than Brandon’s ex-fiance, Tamra—a new hot-shot attorney. As the outrageous legal proceedings ensue, Brandon must stop his mother from killing the judge, try to understand his lawyer’s incomprehensible dialect, and fight his lingering feelings for Tamra. But there’s more, his star witness, Randy, is being held hostage and thrown into a convoluted web of mystery and imminent danger, as he tries solidifying his imagined singing career and defends his downtrodden cousin—the former is of way more importance, of course.
Just as Brandon Miles relishes in his accomplishments of becoming a newly promoted bank manager, brand new fiancé to his high school sweetheart (Tamra), and (most importantly) new homeowner, he is accosted with his flamboyant, gay cousin (Randy) losing his apartment and having to move in with him "for a few days;" his childhood friend (Shondell), needing to serve the last "couple of months" of his house arrest sentence at Brandon's humble abode; his college buddy's (Zachary) wife, throwing him out and onto Brandon's couch for "a few days;" and, finally, Zachary's overzealous mother (Marjorie), refusing to leave on the account of "everyone's" alleged mistreatment of Zach. Tamra is bursting at the seams, trying to remain at the center of Brandon's attention during this home invasion. Adding to the comedy of errors are his next door neighbors Claudette and Connor Brightshine, their senile grandmother, an incompetent groundskeeper, Hector, and a few others who conspire to make Brandon's choices even harder. Will Brandon bow down to the pressures of his good-hearted, selfless tendencies, or will he choose to save his dissolving engagement by throwing out the intruders?
Eileen Sherwood and best friends Jada, a Black Lives Matter activist, and Randy, a gay, black, Blue Lives Matter defender decorate for her husband’s (Officer Kendall Sherwood) promotion party. The trio is soon distracted by a viral video that shows Kendall shooting down and killing an unarmed teenager. After a bout with Jada over her initial denial of the officer being in fact Kendall, Eileen is surprised to see her drunken husband traipse in their apartment, seemingly unapologetic about the situation. An outraged Jada storms out and instigates a separation between her and her pro-black boyfriend, Zeke, and Eileen and Kendall, leaving Randy stuck in the middle of the feud. Kendall finally admits he was shaken by the teenager’s hostile resistance to arrest and responded impulsively. Notwithstanding, his pleas don’t preclude Zeke from waging a war on the Chicago Police Department for not indicting Kendall. Now, Eileen must decide to stand by Kendall or be true to her own beliefs about the systematic killings of black men at the hands of police officers. A neglected Jada must now decide to follow Zeke on his path to revolt or find her own inner happiness. Randy is now forced to choose whose side to take, which is made easy when he himself must rely on Chicago's law enforcement to serve and protect him.
Low-Hanging Fruit addresses the racial tensions surrounding police shootings in the inner city and the challenges interracial friendships face in the wake of them.
Grounds for Divorce
Three dysfunctional couples: a janitor and nagging homemaker, Gus and Linda Pratt; a philandering jobless shyster and his weakhearted wife, Ramone and Rhonda Tolliver; and a condescending corporate CEO and her sycophant husband, Josephine Barclay and Benjamin Richards, seek the advice of a marriage counselor, Dr. Lawrence, in order to salvage what is left of their relationships. However, neither couple can make it through his session without clawing at each other's throats or picking fights with another couple. Through his guidance, reflection, and some introspection they find a way to makeup, which doesn't last too long. Not even a year later, Dr. Lawrence finds himself in court defending his practice against a class action lawsuit filed by his former clients, all having either broken up or on the verge of doing so. Now, Dr. Lawrence must find a way to clear his name and once more lead his former clients to happiness.
Black Ensemble Theater to produce Dane A. Campbell's comedic play Grounds for Divorce during their 12th Annual Black Playwrights Festival!