Voodoo Macbeth (2021) - Details
Before Citizen Kane and The War of the Worlds, leading Broadway actress Rose McClendon (Inger Tudor, Goliath, On Time) and producer John Houseman convince a gifted but untested 20-year-old Orson Welles (Jewell Wilson Bridges, the national tours of My Fair Lady and La Cage Aux Folles in his feature film debut), to direct Shakespeares Macbeth with an all-Black cast in Harlem. Reimagined in a Haitian setting, this production, which came to be known as Voodoo Macbeth, would change the world forever, but the road to opening night proves to be a difficult one. Orson and Rose who is to play Lady Macbeth clash over everything from scene blocking to crew hires, while Houseman contends with a congressman hell-bent on shutting down what he deems communist propaganda. Welles and McClendon must overcome political pressure, personal demons, and protests to realize their groundbreaking vision.