She considers “Macbeth,” the tale of a successful Scottish general and his wife who will stop at nothing to take the throne, a love story gone awry. “At the end of the day, Lady Macbeth and Macbeth are two married people in a kind of toxic relationship going about getting what they want the wrong way. How am I not a part of that narrative? How are you not a part of that narrative?” said White during a recent interview outside the Loeb Drama Center.
White expanded on the negative narratives involving women of power that flood contemporary popular culture and political discourse. She pointed to Claire Underwood in the TV show “House of Cards” cast as the “overbearing Lady Macbeth-type wife” and Hillary Clinton, throughout her presidential runs.
In “Macbeth,” White takes on the role of Lady Macbeth, backed by an ensemble of singers and a four-piece band. She refers to it as concert instead of a play, the story driven forward by music and song. The concert approach makes perfect sense to White, who calls Shakespeare’s iambic pentameter “intrinsically rhythmic and musical,” and considers music the ultimate universal art form.
“I think music is a very equalizing thing. No matter who you are, you probably can rock out to the Doors, Bruce Springsteen, and Tina Turner, red or blue, white or Black, right? And so, I really hope that the music is a way to invite the audience into the inner and emotional lives of the characters.”