McDeath: An American Play

"The high are low. The low are high. The dying will live. The living will die."

by Brittany Menjivar

McDeath Poster

The year is 1999. Cory McBeth, known as “McDeath” due to his reputation as a morbid loner, is a dissatisfied senior at Inverness High. One fateful day, he puts out a chem lab fire gone wild, and he and his equally “uncool” girlfriend LM become known throughout the school. When they get invited to a party hosted by the jocks they envy, they decide to play a revenge prank… but it gets out of hand, and they soon find themselves trying to cover up a dead body. McBeth begins to develop harmful desires, and when he gets a gun in his hand, tragedy ensues, following the pattern of Shakespeare’s “Macbeth.” 

Shakespeare’s classic story about dangerous concepts of power, reimagined for the modern era. 

A Note from the Production Staff: Although McDeath is primarily an adaptation of a Shakespeare work we’re passionate about, we would also like to use it to make a thoughtful statement about gun control, building prosocial communities, and intervening when necessary so that a safer, healthier world can be established. We pledge to think carefully about every creative decision we make, and we would like to make the Yale community aware that the cast and crew will be setting up a fundraiser to raise money for a related nonprofit (TBD) in conjunction with the show.

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Performance Dates & Times

November 29, 2018 - 8:00pm

November 30, 2018 - 8:00pm

December 1, 2018 - 2:00pm

December 1, 2018 - 8:00pm


Lighten Theater

Venue Accessibility: 
Lobby is accessible via building entrance by the north Sachem Street gate. Upper lobby and balcony seating is located on the ground level. Lower lobby and stage level seating is accessible via an elevator. Facilities are located on both levels.

Patron Information

Patrons should arrive at the theater 15 minutes before the performance to claim their reservation. At the scheduled performance time, patrons will be let in off of the waitlist based on when they signed up on the YDC website. Patrons with reservations arriving after this time will be treated as if they are at the top of the waitlist.



Malcolm/Mr. Benson
Militia Kid 2/Random Student
Cory McBeth
Banks Maroon
Floyd Maroon
Thomas Foster
Militia Kid 1/Dr. Luka/Adria
Militia Kid 3/Gwen

Production Team

Sound Designer
Lighting Designer
Stage Manager
Music Composer