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By Jiehae Park
Directed by Seema Sueko, Deputy Artistic Director, Arena Stage
In a modern take on Macbeth, two Asian American twins have worked their whole life to get into The College, only to be rejected in favor of their classmate. So they decide to kill him.
Taking inspiration from Shakespeare’s tragedy of murderous ambition, the play examines the pressures placed on 21st-century teenagers in a culture of cutthroat competition. Dark and frothy, graphic and absurd, Peerless is a John Hughes movie with Shakespearean scope.
The ReDiscovery Series introduces audiences to new adaptations and great but lesser-known classic plays under consideration for STC’s mainstage seasons. Written by notable playwrights and performed by some of D.C.’s most talented actors, these one-night-only readings are often the first step in bringing a new adaptation or an under-produced classic back into the spotlight worldwide. Every ReDiscovery reading concludes with a post-show panel featuring artists, scholars and esteemed community members.
Peerless is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.