Frances You Sanderson Cast as Lady Macduff in ‘Macbeth’ Film; Kickstarter Funds Rise


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FrancesYou_0498_smFrances You Sanderson has been cast in the role of Lady Macduff.

Before working with Gorilla Rep (her most recent appearance was in the workshop of Peer Gynt), Sanderson was best known for her role as the younger sister of Sandra Oh’s character in the indie film hit Double Happiness. Indeed, playing a variety of roles with Gorilla Rep over the past seven or eight years hasn’t kept her out of cinema. For example, Sanderson recently played opposite Bruce Altman in the short film Happy Face, which is hitting the festival circuit now.

Through Oct. 21, the CF Report will pose Sanderson a question about Macbeth in Close-Up and Sanderson will provide both a text and video reply.

Today’s question:

With gender-bending casting for at least some of the witches in Macbeth in Close-Up, how will you cast the remaining female supporting roles?

Video Answer:

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Frances brings a unique skill set to Lady MacDuff. This character, seen so little in the play but representing so much to MacDuff and the audience, needs to really hit the mark. Lady MacDuff represents all of the victims of the Macbeths’ reign of terror once it really gets going.

We have to sympathize with Lady MacDuff completely and quickly. Sound familiar? It should. Shakespeare gives us another female role of crucial importance but few scenes in which to accomplish her task: Ophelia in Hamlet. Forgive me for crowing: of our Hamlet, Andy Webster wrote in The New York Times last summer, “As the innocent, unraveling Ophelia, Frances You Sanderson (the wife of the director) was heartbreaking; her soft demeanor nicely complemented Christopher Gottschalk’s Hamlet.”

Shakespeare gives us great language to do that with, of course, but it really helps to have an actress firmly rooted in both classical theater and film to help pull it off. Of course, Frances is my wife, as Mr. Webster points out. I love Frances and her talent for handling this kind of character is amazing. Gorilla Rep is lucky that she likes me enough to keep coming back to work on our projects.