ALBANY — Expect to see bangs, flashes, flying, romance, people running down the aisles, stirring speeches, fight scenes and death and taxes in “Terry Pratchett’s Wyrd Sisters” opening Friday, Jan. 14, at Albany Civic Theater.
Based on Pratchett’s 1988 novel, this parody of Shakespeare’s “Macbeth” transports the Scottish play to the small kingdom of Lancre, where the coven of three witches is overrun by the arrival of a royal baby in need of saving from a wicked duke and duchess.
They must now use their powers to save the kingdom, restore order and summon forth a happy ending.
“‘Terry Pratchett’s Wyrd Sisters’ isn’t just ‘Macbeth’ with jokes,” said director John Carone. “Pratchett is taking a look at Shakespeare and his works, asking why theater or stories exist at all and what their purpose is.
“He is taking a look at witches, at fools, at demons and using humor to break our default way of looking at such things and allows us to see them from different perspectives.”
Carone is making his directing debut on this production. He previously served as assistant director for ACT’s “Humble Boy” and Corvallis Community Theatre’s “I Hate Hamlet.”
Carone started reading Pratchett’s books awhile ago and was in Borders when he saw a new book called “Terry Pratchett’s Wyrd Sisters — The Play.” He decided he wanted to direct it.
“Between my love for Shakespeare and Pratchett, this was a dream,” he said.
Christina Chipman plays Magrat Garlick, the youngest of the three witches. Chipman explained that Magrat wants to be a real witch and impress the others but has trouble with the execution.
“She is just a happy-go-lucky person, a complete space-case and a moron,” Chipman said. “And I love her character!”
Carone warns the audience that a strobe light is used during the play as well as small stage magic effects.
“If you are willing to take a child to see Shakespeare, it’ll be fine to take them to this show,” he said.