Lady Macbeth and Her Pal, Megan; 2017
Directed by Saffron Henke
In collaboration with Megan Gogerty
*WINNER, CINCINNATI FRINGE FESTIVAL, AUDIENCE PICK BEST OF FRINGE*
*FULL RUN, EDINBURGH FRINGE FESTIVAL*
LADY MACBETH AND HER PAL, MEGAN uses Shakespeare’s tragedy to examine one woman’s fraught relationship with standup comedy. Part personal narrative and part textual analysis, comedian and monologist Megan Gogerty (HOUSEBROKEN, HILLARY CLINTON GOT ME PREGNANT) asks the question: What if, instead of being just a corn-fed, Midwestern standup comic with a penchant for Star Trek, Megan was actually Lady Macbeth? Hasn’t every woman, at one point or another, wanted to commit regicide? Funny, subversive and engaging with cultures both pop and high, LADY MACBETH AND HER PAL, MEGAN parses the difference between empowerment fantasies and actual empowerment.
"Director Saffron Henke made a lot of smart choices about where Gogerty moves on stage. One of the dangers of a one woman show is allowing it to become too static or, taking it to the other extreme, allowing the actor to move without purpose just to create movement because you’re afraid it’s too static. That doesn’t happen here. The moves are clearly defined. Stage left is used when depicting Lady Macbeth (along with a disturbing red light for emphasis). Whenever Gogerty is remembering a time that she was on stage as a stand up comedian, she steps on top the acting cube. These are smart moves that help the audience to follow the action." - Iowa Theatre Blog