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Act II – Macbeth SYD vs MLB

The Sydney Theatre Company 2014 season brochure was released not long ago. The range of works seems interesting, there is one play that has caught my eye, ‘Kryptonite‘  starring Ursula Mills, the description on the STC website reads:

“Dylan is a carefree, charming Aussie bloke and Lian a shy international student. Over the years their paths cross; he has become a politician whose career is solidly in ascendance while she has finally returned to China as a senior executive.

Life experience – and personal interests – have fashioned new dissonances in their friendship. Is desire enough to transcend politics? Can they bridge the gap?”

It sounds promising. I was alerted to the Queensland Theatre Company  2014 brochure by Caitlin from Women In Theatre (pay her site a visit for interesting posts on females on stage). Now have a look at their program. Done? No have a look back at the STC brochure, okay done? Now look back at the QTC brochure. Do you see something disparaging? I’m not saying ‘shame on you STC and the insubstantial amount of multicultural plays you’re producing next year (one out of sixteen)’ although it is rather pathetic when compared to QTC (four out of ten) that has The Mountaintop, Macbeth, The Magic Hour and Black Diggers. 

These  are two theatres in two different cities, similarity is  that both are staging a version of Shakespeare’s Macbeth.  QTC’s Macbeth includes a multicultural cast and STC stars  Hugo Weaving whom I adore, however, he’s tried and tested. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, smaller actors deserve a chance.

 

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Intermission

Just a brief post today, this isn’t theatre-related but related nonetheless. Nicolas Cage discussed his latest movie, Chinese period drama, ‘Outcast’ with Hollywood Reporter and touches on the dearth of roles for Asians in America.

“I hope that we will see more Chinese actors in American cinema too. We do see Gong LiZhang Ziyi and Chow Yun Fat, but it’s very rare to see the Chinese male actor in Hollywood movies, which is something I take great umbrage with. You know, my son is Asian. He may want to direct one day; he may want to be an actor like his father — and I want that to be open to him. So I want to make some kind of effort to see more of that happen in Hollywood.”

It’s heartwarming to see that he’s looking out for his son’s future in show business and upping the ante of  roles for Asian actors in Hollywood. This almost makes me forgive him for his involvement in 2006’s godawful The Wicker Man

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The full interview can be accessed here.