Husbands In Real Life And On Stage Tackle Gender Swap “Macbeth”

"With all gender roles basically thrown out the window, I get to be myself and find the honesty of every moment."

The classic Shakespeare tragedy Macbeth is coming to New York this fall, but with a unique LGBT twist.

The play will feature two real-life husbands in the starring roles, with most of the other actors playing a role that is opposite of their actual gender.

Director Tom Slot has created Macbeth (of the Oppressed) to explore how the gender bias and oppression of that time are still very present in today’s society.

Latino actor Antonio Minino will play the titular role of Macbeth, with his husband, David Stallings, playing “Husband Macbeth.”

Stallings shared his feelings on playing the iconic female role:

“I am excited about the love story aspect of the play.  To play Husband Macbeth opposite my real life husband truly grounds me in the fact that everything I say must come from a place of truth and love.  Also, as a gay man, I am often asked to put on a masculinity I find false-especially when doing Shakespeare.  But with all gender roles basically thrown out the window, I get to be myself and find the honesty of every moment.”

The production is not just performed through an LGBT lens, but a multicultural one as well.

“Although with Shakespeare, theatre makers are less scared of casting Latino actors in caucasian roles, they tend to be supporting roles,” says Minino. “As an out Latino actor, I never imagined I would have the opportunity to play Macbeth. It’s a great testament to Tom Slot’s vision and the universality of the Bard’s story.”

Macbeth (of the Oppressed) will play a three-week limited engagement at The Theater at the 14th Street Y, beginning October 8.

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