In our Macbeth “Meet the Players” series, we’re interviewing the cast of our upcoming production. Get to know all the players you’ll see on stage in our ballet adaptation of ‘The Scottish Play’ March 29, 30 and 31 at the Athenaeum Theatre.
Today’s player: John Cartwright
CRB: “How long have you been with the company, and what character do you play in Macbeth?”
John: “This is my second year as an ensemble member, and I was a guest artist for 3 years. I play the role of Malcolm.”
CRB: “What is your take on this particular production of Macbeth?”
John: “CRB’s adaptation of Macbeth is both classical and modern, not only in the dancing and choreography but also in the storytelling. Wade has done an amazing job at bringing this story into a contemporary context while remaining true to the original story.”
CRB: “What are some of your thoughts about the rehearsal process for Macbeth?”
John: “I love how the dancers at CRB make rehearsals and performances feel like a family gathering. Everyone works together, doing their own parts, to make something larger than themselves come alive. The dancers care for each other, lift each other up emotionally, and bring their authentic selves to the stage.”
CRB: “What have been some of your favorite moments this season at Chicago Repertory Ballet?”
John: It’s been so lovely teaching company class on Wednesdays. I do a lot of teaching at different studios with children, but getting to teach the talented artists at CRB has been such a gratifying experience.
CRB: Anything else you want to share?
John: Without the generous support of our donors and patrons we would not be able to bring stories like Macbeth to life. So, thank you to everyone who gives their time, money, and energy to CRB so that we are able to share our passion.