‘Dunsinane’ opening night party offers unique access to new media

Up close and personal with the amazing stars of the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s provocative co-production with National Theatre of Scotland.

Siobhan Redmond, Ramona Harper and Darrell D’Silva.
Siobhan Redmond, Ramona Harper and Darrell D’Silva at Shakespeare Theatre's Zaytinya After Party for "Dunsinane." (Photo by Malcolm Barnes)

WASHINGTON, February 12, 2015 – Hats off to the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s restaurant partnership with a half dozen of Penn Quarter’s most outstanding eateries. The popular nearby restaurant Zaytinya had the honor of hosting a rousing After Party on the formal opening night of the Company’s co-presentation of David Greig’s “Dunsinane,” his 2010 sequel to Shakespeare’s Macbeth.

The Company’s glittering après theatre get-together, along with their innovative Media Call the day after the performance together provided unprecedented access to bloggers, social media outlets and members of the press to share insights and materials on this complex performance and equally fascinating performers.

As the newspaper business continues to fade in importance, the Internet is increasingly the place to be for theater, film and music news and reviews, and the Shakespeare Theatre’s openness to this new coverage is helping put it ahead of the curve.

While playing the role of photo journalist, fellow theater goer Ramona Harper was able to corner the two major stars of “Dunsinane”—Siobhan Redmond and Darrell D’Silva—and get the scoop, discovering in the process that their professional friendship of over 20 years had a lot to do with their scintillatingly obvious on-stage chemistry.

Ms. Harper was curious to know what life is really like for this pair of thespians. “Taking a look at your bio in the playbill,” she observed, “I’d guess that you’ve been acting all your adult life. Do you spend most of your life learning lines and rehearsing at the theater?

“Acting is not really about learning lines,” replied D’Silva. “One has to become the character. You have to be it.”

“It’s like learning the words to a song,” he continued. “You don’t really stop to learn them. You feel the song and then somehow you just know the words to the song. Acting is like that. And for those two and one-half hours that I am onstage, everything in my life is exactly as it should be. During that time onstage my life is working very well.”

Not only are the lives of these Scottish theater performers and their fellow cast members working quite well during their current stay in D.C. The overall quality and intense drama that the Shakespeare Theatre Company itself continues to grow in stature, with its continuing partnership with the National Theatre of Scotland—as exemplified in the current production of “Dunsinane”—fast becoming another key to its quality and success.

Greig’s provocative update to “Macbeth” continues its scheduled performances this month just a few brisk blocks away at the Shakespeare Theatre’s Sidney Harmon Hall. The buzz is good and tickets are going fast.

The particulars, in case you missed our recent review:

David Greig’s “Dunsinane” continues at the Shakespeare Theatre’s Sidney Harman Hall through February 21. Address: 610 F. St. NW, Washington, D.C.

Tickets and Information: Tickets run from $20 to $110. Call 202-547-1122 or visit www.shakespearetheatre.org.

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