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500 Clown Macbeth

First produced in 2000 at Charybdis in Chicago

In 500 Clown Macbeth, three clowns descend upon a stage to perform Shakespeare’s Scottish Play. Infected by ambition, they compete for the role of Macbeth. In the process, the clowns destroy the text, the set, and eventually each other.

Outrageous humor and ape-shit acrobatics…

- Time Out Chicago

Videos

500 Clown Macbeth as it was in 2007 at the Upstairs Theater at Steppenwolf Theater Company.

500 Clown Macbeth as it was 5 years earlier in 2002 at the Chopin Theater at the City of Fools.

A montage over the years of one of the best sequences in 500 Clown Macbeth for comparison's sake.

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Paul Kalina - Ensemble

Paul Kalina is a founding member of 500 Clown, has worked with The House Theatre Company, Steppenwolf Theatre, Court Theatre and Lookingglass Theatre.

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Press Clippings

  • "And with little more than a few choice lines from the original, some brazenly deconstructed ad-libs, a hospital emergency room’s worth of death-defying gymnastics and off-the-wall stunts, plus a ferociously twisted sense of anarchy, they have turned ‘the Scottish play’ into something fast, furious and insanely true to its core."

    - Hedy Weiss, Chicago Sun-Times

  • "500 Clown knows better than any other comparable group I’ve seen how to build instant community in a theater."

    - Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune

  • "The company has a certain comic intellectualism that manages to be smart without being pretentious, allowing it to occupy the pretty rare space of easily accessible avent-garde."

    - Variety