William Razavi's MACBETH
by Southwest Association of Literary and Dramatic Artists

Jul. 21 - Jul. 22, 2017

Power.  Ambition.  Lust.  Murder.


As Scotland emerges from a bloody war, the soldier chieftain Macbeth receives a prophecy from three witches that he will become king. While he and his wife plot to turn the prophecy into reality, the king, Duncan-Llyr, announces his plan to divide his kingdom among his three daughters, Goneril, Regan, and Cordelia. What will be the fate of the kingdom and its people? Who will emerge victorious? Macbeth and King Lear come together into one story that lays bare the power of fate and the price of ambition.  From the people who brought you Creatures of the Night, 27 Short Plays About Being Murdered in a Hotel by ABBA, and The Professionals comes this modern language tragedy of Shakespearean proportions.

Feature by Deborah Martin in San Antonio Express-News, July 18, 2017 


(via SWALDA)



William Mohammad Razavi is the Artistic Director of the Overtime Theater.  Born in Tehran, Iran in 1973, he took his first steps at Fort Benning, Georgia and grew up in Texas where he earned his BA from Trinity University.  He went on to earn his MFA in Dramatic Writing from Brandeis University.  His play Making Up For Lost Time was work-shopped at the American Repertory Theatre in Cambridge, Massachusetts and was nominated for an ATAC Globe award in San Antonio.  He is a cofounder and Artistic Director of the Southwest Association of Literary and Dramatic Artists (SWALDA) which produced Julie, his adaptation of Strindberg’s Miss Julie in 2014.  His play The Sign of the Times was published in Trickster’s Way in 2009 and performed at the Luminaria Arts Festival 2010.  His other plays include The Next-To-Last-Flight of Amelia Earhart, Lusitania, Daedalus’s Other Regret, Mavis Davis and the Nighthawks at the Diner, The Private Life of Ernest Hemingway, The Ricky Harrow Pitcher Show, Illuminati and Sullivan’s Detours.  His on-stage performances at the Overtime include, The Haunted House, The Professionals and Murder at the Chateau Le Shadow.  His most recent directing work includes 27 Short Plays About Being Murdered in a Hotel by ABBA at the Overtime and Waiting for Godot for St. Mary’s University.  An excerpt from his memoir Turban Cowboy was published in Daily Life though World History in Primary Documents (Greenwood Press, 2009).  He is a freelance writer and director whose film and theatre criticism has appeared in the San Antonio Current among other publications.

His work is available from Amazon.com in print and ebook formats.  


Emily Fitzgerald grew up in Ardmore, Oklahoma and fled across the Red River, attending Trinity University and earning a degree in Drama.  She subsequently spent several years in Austin taking further acting and film classes, finally serving as an extras casting director and second assistant director on a feature film.  As a recovery measure, attended the Prague Summer Writer’s Workshop, where she took classes in a room above Old Town Square and discovered an enduring love for the city, an expat Irish pub, and Amy Tan’s dog.  She attended the University of Wisconsin – Madison, obtaining a Master’s in Drama and most happily met her husband there.  Two highlights of her time in her Master’s program were presenting a paper on Aeschylus’ Persians at the International Federation for Theatre Research (IFTR) in Prague and directing a selection of songs from Brecht plays for a celebration of his birth.  After a stint in the law, earning a law degree from St. Mary’s University School of Law and briefly practicing, she realized theatre really was where her heart lay.  Thus began her teaching period at Antonian College Preparatory High School where she founded the school’s membership in the International Thespian Society, directed sixteen full-length plays in six years, taught Drama and English classes, and began relationships with several of the actors she still works with today.  In spring 2013 she had a sudden idea driving home from Boerne, like ya do, and that idea became The Southwest Association of Literary and Dramatic Artists (SWALDA) of which she is the Executive Director.  Emily was one of the directors of the latest iteration of SATCO’s Theatre ASAP, in 2012, and in the past three years directed the original productions of Julie, The Professionals, Murder at the Chateau le Shadow, A Number’s Game (which she wrote), Drive Me Crazy, and Creatures of the Night under the aegis of SWALDA.  An updated version of A Number’s Game, Someone Gets Shocked, was accepted into the 2016 Midtown International Theatre Festival and in October 2016 she received an Original Script Globe Award from the Alamo Theatre Arts Coalition for Creatures of the Night. 


Her work is available in print and ebook formats on Amazon and a web series sequel to Creatures of the Night is currently underway by SWALDA’s film division.


(via William Razavi)


William Razavi's MACBETH
by William Shakespeare via William Razavi
Southwest Association of Literary and Dramatic Artists

July 21 - July 22, 2017
Palmetto Center for the Arts at Northwest Vista College
3535 North Ellison Drive
San Antonio, TX, 78251

William M. Razavi’s Macbeth can be seen at 8 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays through July 29 (second weekend cancelled) in the black box theater at the Palmetto Center for the Arts at Northwest Vista College, 3535 N. Ellison Drive. Admission is pay-what-you-will; $10 is suggested. No reservations required. Info, swalda.org.


(via Facebook, July 27, 2017)