Macbeth at Fort Point, 2008

“Screw your courage to the sticking place”


Multiple pathways wind through the dark stone corridors, narrow passageways, expansive brick casemates, and inner chambers of the fort. On the parade ground, in the direct onslaught of the billowing fog and relentless wind, the witches work their charms. We rush to the roof for the final battle – the Golden Gate bridge soars overhead, the city skyline flickers, glimpses of sunset peak through the fog, the moon hangs low in the sky. A full sensory immersion into Macbeth’s Scotland as it collides with Civil War era and modern day San Francisco.

Macbeth at Fort Point

By William Shakespeare

Directors: Randall Cohn, Cara DeFabio, Ava Roy

Autumn, 2008
Fort Point, San Francisco

+ The Cast

Matthew Chavez
Chris Cromwell
Cara DeFabio
Lauren Dietrich
Phoebe Gelfand
Erik O’Kelly
Dhira Rauch
Ava Roy
Sarah Scharf
Val Sinkler
Wendy Vastine

Jack Halton
Nathan Harper
Kate McKnight

The Musicians:
Frank Dorritie
Lynn Miller
Dillon Westbrook

+ The Production Team

Directors: Randall Cohn, Cara DeFabio, Ava Roy
Producer: Ava Roy
Costume Designers: Cara DeFabio, Sara Nelson
Properties: Cara DeFabio, Ava Roy
Costume & Properties Support: Hannah Miller
Crowns: Ryan Drake
Sound Design: Dillon Westbrook
Technical Direction: Bailey Smith
Technical Support: Chris Friedel, Steve Boss

+ The Buzz

Audience Testimonials:

“The Fort Point production of Macbeth was honestly one of the most exciting theatrical experiences I’ve ever had.” – Elana McKernan, audience member

“The conclusion of the play, with the actors silhouetted against the last orange rays of the sun and framed by the orange steel of the bridge, was so unexpected and intense that I will carry that image with me forever.” – Allan G. Smorra, audience member

“One of the most compelling theater experiences I’ve had in over 50 years of play going... All of our sites are evocative, and arts enterprises – especially performing art enterprises – have a power to draw out meanings that are not always apparent... I hope we can see more We Players productions at locations in the park.” – Howard Levitt, Chief of Interpretation, Golden Gate National Park Recreation Area

“The grandeur of the fort and the scottish play is enormous. The complexity of your work and the struggle you endure against elements, against logistics, and against the darkness of Shakespeare’s mind is obvious to the blessed audience.” – audience member