By Megan Gogerty
Directed by Shannon Grounds
“Megan, Lady Macbeth is a tragic figure of powerful darkness, and you are the human equivalent of a golden retriever.”
When a comedian is informed that she can’t play Lady Macbeth, she sets out to prove everyone wrong, only to discover that not only must she reevaluate her preconceptions of Lady Macbeth, she must reconsider herself as both a woman and as a standup comedian.
Starring Austin's own Eva McQuade as Megan, and directed by Shrewd Artistic Director Shannon Grounds, Lady Macbeth and Her Pal Megan explores the question: “What’s it like to be a woman comedian?”
Spoiler: it’s murder.
Lady Macbeth and Her Pal, Megan ran June 21-July 6, 2019 at the Santa Cruz Center for Culture
"Go see Megan Gogerty's LADY MACBETH AND HER PAL MEGAN. If a review could start and end with one sentence this would be it...
Produced by Shrewd Productions and performed at the ever-evolving and improving Santa Cruz Theatre (keep it up Ryan Salinas!) LADY MACBETH AND HER PAL MEGAN shines a light on the complexities of being a woman in theatre, comedy and the United States in the 21st century. Written by University of Texas alum Megan Gogerty, the show is, er... a kind of stand-up play? A monologue performed as a stand up act? It defies description in a way, but it helps to imagine it as a genuinely funny, touching, and tangled one woman show performed by the adorable Eva McQuade...
Dealing with her own ambivalence about womanhood, McQuade as Megan takes us through a wonderfully engaging hour or so of Gogerty's evolving interpretation of Lady Macbeth's ambition and the Witches anarchy. Twisting and winding through the experience of being a female comedian in today's culture, it doesn't seem as though the concept could result in the rich tapestry of thought and emotion it provides. But it does...
McQuade is a pure delight, engaging us from her seemingly unassuming entrance until after the curtain call. She sparkles, broods, and invites us into Gogerty's world and endears us to her as if she is, well, a... a golden retriever. But she's so much more than that in the end: a child, a comedian, a woman, a friend, a wife, a sage, a witch."
Video Trailer - Magic Spoon Productions
Publicity & Production Photos - Errich Peterson
Megan - Eva McQuade**
Alexis - Olivia Jimenez
Comics - Robert Deike
Director - Shannon Grounds
Producer - Shannon Grounds
Production Manager - Melinda Parr
Stage Manager - Cortney DeAngelo
Set Design - Patrick Anthony
Costume Designer - Eva McQuade
Lighting Designer - Patrick Anthony
Sound Design - Benjamin Galvan
Prop Design - Cortney DeAngelo & Shannon Grounds