WYRD Productions presents the international smash hit show MacHomer! Click here for full production credits
This one-man vocal spectacular features impressions of over 50 voices from TV’s The Simpsons in a hilarious performance of Shakespeare’s Macbeth! With a script that remains 85% Shakespeare, MacHomer will leave you "exhausted with laughter" (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette). Rick Miller has performed MacHomer to capacity crowds across the U.S. and Canada. The show has also toured the world to rave reviews and awards in Scotland, England, Australia, and New Zealand.
Spot-on impressions of characters from the hit series populate this imaginatively staged version of the tragedy, a multi-media update truly “full of sound and fury”. The result is that rare jewel: an educational and entertaining show, which has amazed audiences of all ages, backgrounds and languages. Explore this website to find out more about the MacHomer phenomenon.
RICK MILLER (CREATOR AND PERFORMER)Rick Miller is a Dora and Gemini award-winning actor/writer who has performed in five languages on five continents. For 3 years, Rick hosted ABC’s hit primetime series "Just for Laughs”, and Entertainment Weekly has called him “one of the 100 most creative people alive today”. As Artistic Director of WYRD Productions, he has created and performed shows such as Art?, Slightly Bent, Into the Ring and MacHomer, which is part of Stratford’s 2012 season. His two latest WYRD Productions have been co-creations with director Daniel Brooks and Necessary Angel: Bigger Than Jesus and HARDSELL. Rick is also a frequent collaborator with Robert Lepage, on such plays as Géométrie des Miracles, Zulu Time (co-created with Peter Gabriel), Lipsynch and on the film Possible Worlds. Rick recently starred as Brian Mulroney in the satirical film “Mulroney: The Opera”. He is currently hosting a new doc series called Canadian Made, and developing various projects, including a solo documentary play called BOOM He lives in Toronto with his wife Stephanie Baptist and their 2 daughters.
SEAN LYNCH (DIRECTOR)Sean first met Rick under the starry skies of Montreal in the summer of 1994, when they were both playing in Macbeth for Repercussion's 'Shakespeare in the Park'. It was during this time that everyone first became acquainted with Rick's phenomenal talent for parody and Simpsons impersonations. What started as backstage trickery soon took shape into something far more sophisticated as Rick began his epic journey of MacHomer - from 'party trick' to 'fringe hit' to 'comedy act' to the international touring sensation it is today! It has been a wonderful and amazing time working with Rick along this journey and witnessing the energy, dedication and imagination that has gone into this show by all involved, including designer Beth Kates and the creative team at Logograph. These days, Sean lives in Ottawa with his wonderful family and is an Executive Producer on digital projects across Canada and around the world.
BETH KATES (PRODUCTION/STAGE MANAGER, DESIGNER)Beth is an award winning Lighting, Projection, Set and Costume designer and the co-creative director of Playground Studios, a design firm dedicated to creating beautiful productions for the entertainment industry. Beth has created two interactive installations with Ben Chaisson; Night Light Travels which saw 1400 participants at Toronto’s 2011 Nuit Blanche, and The ToyBox which was awarded the 2011 CITT Award for Technical Merit, and which will also take over Toronto’s Theatre Passe Muraille and areas of Toronto as part of the massive Beyond Walls project. For WYRD she has designed MacHomer, Bigger Than Jesus (Dora Award for Lighting), HARDSELL, and others. Other design highlights include Max & Ruby on Broadway, the world premiere of two plays by Judith Thompson (Such Creatures & Sick), and the Staniland/Battson opera Dark Star Requiem. Always remaining true to her first love – live music – Beth also creates epic projections for bands The ElastoCitizens and Ninja Funk Orchestra. Recently she collaborated and co-produced Malaria Lullaby an aerial dance performance. Currently in development is her first play - The Synesthesia Project with Steven McCarthy, and Brimful of Asha with Ravi Jain. Beth’s next major production, as yet unnamed, will debut in April 2012. Visit www.playgroundstudios.org/ and www.bethkates.com.
A WYRD Production
in association with Jeff Lord / KIDOONS Network, Erich Jungwirth / VoiceChair Productions and Richard Jordan Productions, Ltd.
Created and Performed by Rick Miller
Adapted from William Shakespeare's Macbeth and characters created by Matt Groening
Directed by Sean Lynch
Lighting & Stage Design by Beth Kates
Sound Design by Rick Miller
Drawings by Rick Miller and Craig Francis Design
Video Design by WYRD Production and Logograph
Costume Design by Veronik Avery and Beth Kates
Production & Stage Manager: Beth Kates
Graphic Design, Web and Multimedia: Logograph
Associate Producer: Erich Jungwirth/VoiceChair
Promotional photography: Michael Cooper www.coopershoots.com
Outreach: WYRD Productions and KIDOONS Inc.
WYRD Productions engages under the terms of the Independent Theatre Agreement, professional Artists who are members of Canadian Actors' Equity Association.