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Trash Macbeth


Lady Macbeth says, “What's done cannot be undone.” But can it be repurposed? Based on Shakespeare’s iconic tragedy, ERA's experimental production Trash Macbeth resuscitates meaning within a climate of destruction, reestablishes the societal norms of America’s most traditional era, and reframes the value of our revered Shakespeare, housewifery, and garbage.

Trash Macbeth is a full-length, theatrical production created by an ensemble of theatre artists with text from Shakespeare's Macbeth, Emily Post's Etiquette, the book of Revelations, Dr. Benjamin Spock's Common Sense Book of Baby and Child Care, and 1950's era advertisements.


We cordially invite you to the Macbeth’s residence for the dinner party of your life!


Created by ERA

Performing Artists

Lady Macduff, 2nd Weird Sister: Maggie Conroy

Macbeth, 3rd Murderer: Mitch Eagles

Macduff, 2nd Murderer: Carl Overly, Jr (2016), Jonah Walker (2018)

Emily Post, 1st Weird Sister: Ellie Schwetye (2016), Francesca Ferrari (2018)

Banquo, 1st Murderer: Nic Tayborn (2016), Will Bonfiglio (2018)

1st Musician, Ross: Joe Taylor

Lady Macbeth, 3rd Weird Sister: Rachel Tibbetts (2016), Alicen Moser (2018)

2nd Musician: Philip Zahnd

Production Team

Director: Lucy Cashion

Composer, Musical Arranger, & Music Director: Joey Taylor

Producers: Will Bonfiglio, Lucy Cashion, Keating, Gabe Taylor

Scenic Designer: Lucy Cashion, Kristin Cassidy, Wilson Webel (2016)

Lighting Designer: Erik Kuhn

Fight Choreographer: Erik Kuhn

Costume Designer: Meredith LaBounty

Stage Manager: Gabe Taylor (2016), Erica Withrow (2018)

Assistant Director: Gabe Taylor

Assistant Stage Manager: Ivy Bell Reed

Intern: Wilson Webel (2016), Erica Withrow (2018)

Source Texts

Macbeth by William Shakespeare

Etiquette by Emily Post

'Revelations', The New Testament

The Art of War by Sun Tzu

Common Sense Book of Baby and Child Care by Dr. Benjamin Spock

'Match Game', NBC

Various mid-century American advertisements, especially: Lysol, Camel cigarettes, Coca-Cola, Dial soap, and Spic-n-Span

Production History

2018 June 15: Centene Center for the Arts for TCG Annual Conference

2016 April 20-21, April 27-May 1, May 4-7: The Chapel

Press & Recognition

2017 St. Louis Theatre Circle Award - Outstanding Director of a Drama, Lucy Cashion

2017 St. Louis Theatre Circle Award - Outstanding Costume Design, Meredith LaBounty

2017 St. Louis Theatre Circle Award nomination - Outstanding Production of a Drama

2017 St. Louis Theatre Circle Award nomination - Outstanding Set Design

2017 St. Louis Theatre Circle Award nomination - Outstanding Ensemble in a Drama 

Judith Newmark, "A dream of 'Macbeth' plays the Chapel" in St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Mark Bretz, "One Person's 'Trash Macbeth' Is Another One's Treasure" in Ladue News

Steve Callahan, "ERA's stunning 'Trash Macbeth' plays at the Chapel through May 7" in KDHX

Steve Allen, "Emily Post Advises Macbeth, Brought To You By Dial Soap" in Stage Door St. Louis

Melissa Meinzer, "The Grungy Glamor of 'Trash Macbeth'" in St. Louis Magazine


Richard Green in Talkin' Broadway

Erin Karll, "'Trash Macbeth': Equally Represented Arts (ERA) hosts a Shakespearian dinner party to die for" in OnStage St. Louis

Michelle Kenyon, "'Trash Macbeth' at ERA Is a Fascinating Re-Imagining" in Snoop's Theatre Thoughts


Andrea Torrence in St. Louis Theatre Snob


Scott Miller, Lucy Cashion on "Trash Macbeth" on Stage Grok

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