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Fabrizio Cassol after Giuseppe Verdi

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Third World Bunfight
American Premiere Tour
Co-presented with FringeArts as part of the Curated 2016 Fringe Festival

Music by Fabrizio Cassol after Giuseppe Verdi
Text by Francesco Maria Piave, based on the play by William Shakespeare
Performed in Italian with English supertitles
Opera in the City

A fresh and startling adaptation

This radical take on Verdi’s Macbeth is set in the eastern provinces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, amongst war and ruthless exploitation. With his ambitious wife, General Macbeth—a Congolese warlord—murders the king and unleashes brutal atrocities on the crumbling province. Seen through South African theater maker Brett Bailey’s signature post-colonial lens, a milieu of multinational corporations and corrupt regional governments fuel the ongoing conflict with their insatiable greed for the natural resources that swell their pockets.


MapPrince Theater

Dates are Sept. 2016.

Sat, Sep 24 7:00 p.m.
Sun, Sep 25 7:00 p.m.

Approximately one hour and 40 minutes with no intermission

Major support for the co-presentation of Macbeth has been provided to FringeArts by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, and to Opera Philadelphia by the William Penn Foundation and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

Production from Third World Bunfight

Co-presented with FringeArts as part of the Curated 2016 Fringe Festival

Cast & Creative Team

Premil Petrovic
Premil PetrovicConductor
Brett Bailey
Brett BaileyDirector
Owen Metsileng
Owen Metsilengas Macbeth
Nobulumko Mngxekeza
Nobulumko Mngxekezaas Lady Macbeth
Otto Maidi
Otto Maidias Banquo
  • Felice Ross Lighting Design
  • Natalie Fisher with Owen Metsileng and Nobulumbko Mngxekeza Choreography
Third World Bunfight

The Composer

Third World Bunfight

Third World Bunfight is a performance company that has maintained its position at the forefront of South African performance throughout its nineteen-year history. Learn more about Third World Bunfight

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