Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Will this production really be performed in pitch darkness?

A: Yes.

Q: All of it?

A: Yes.

Q: Really?

A: Yes.

Q: How?

A: We are going to turn off the lights and not turn them back on again until the show is over.  We have many safety measures in place to protect actors, audience, and crew members.

Q: WHy?

A: Macbeth is a play about ordinary people led to extraordinary actions under extraordinary circumstances.  Our production combines the innate human fear of the dark with the supernatural and psychological horror of Shakespeare's writing to create a terrifying experience of sensory deprivation and a unique opportunity to focus solely on the text of the play without visual overstimulation or distraction.

Q: So it's like a radio play?  or a podcast?

A: In some ways, but not exactly.  Usually people listen to podcasts or the radio while they're driving in the car, getting dinner ready, or folding laundry.  Rarely do they experience a state of complete meditative focus on solely the words they're hearing.  Also, our production will be "surround sound Shakespeare," so audience members will be hearing actors move in the space around them. 

Q: Is this textually based?

A: Yes!  We believe in always starting with the text.  This concept was first inspired by Macbeth's line, "Stars, hide your fires.  Let not light see my black and deep desires" (1.4.57). There are numerous additional examples throughout the script of language related to sight and darkness.

Q: Who are you?

A: Check out our Production Team page for details on specific members of the production team.  Check out our Cast page for details on specific actors.  Check out our Producing Companies page for details on Past is Prologue Productions and our co-producing company, the Filigree Theatre.

Q: Why haven't I heard of Past Is Prologue Productions before?

A: This is our first show under this production company name!  However, everyone on the production team has previously worked together on other successful projects, including a feature film adaptation of Shakespeare's Love's Labour's Lost set in a modern-day boarding school.

Q: How long is the performance?

A: Shakespeare in the Dark: Macbeth has a run time of approximately one hour, with no intermission.

Q: Is this a good show to bring my children to?

A: Probably not. Children under the age of 10 will not be permitted entry, and the show is not recommended for children under the age of 14. This production is very scary and both literally and figuratively dark.

Q: When Are the performances?

A: Our performances will be Wednesday, October 31st, 2018-Sunday, November 4th, 2018, with 8pm performances every night and additional 2pm performances on Saturday and Sunday.

Q: Where Will the show be performed?

A: Shakespeare in the Dark: Macbeth will be performed in the beautiful Citadel Room at the Driskill Hotel. Historic, haunted, and located in the heart of downtown Austin, the Driskill Hotel is the perfect location for this unique show!

Q: Where can I buy tickets?

A: For general admission or senior/teacher/student discounts, you can buy tickets at For a group discount on tickets (of 10 or more), please email

Q: And I really won't be able to see anything during the show?

A: That's right!  We look forward to *not* seeing you there.