Jim Leaver speaks with Sophie Brickman about the process of finding the optimal mud recipe for a new production of “Macbeth,” premièring today at the Park Avenue Armory: http://nyr.kr/1kDgxW7
“During tech rehearsals in London last summer, he began experimenting. ‘We took chopped wood and soil and had at it with watering cans,’ he recalled. ‘It looked like it was puddling nicely and wasn’t too slippy, which is what we’re trying to achieve here. Nice puddling, minor slippiness.’ Alas, as tech week progressed, the soil started to coagulate. ‘It wouldn’t drain, so we had the actors in mud up to their knees. We did some soul-searching,’ he said.”
Photograph by Stephanie Berger/Park Avenue Armory.