George Orson Welles (May 6, 1915 – October 10, 1985) was an American actor, director, writer and producer who is remembered for his innovative work in radio, theatre and film. He is considered one of the greatest filmmakers of all time.
NFT’s Macbeth utilized Welles’ script frequently described as “Voodoo Macbeth” , originally developed for the Federal Theatre Project’s 1936 New York production of William Shakespeare’s Macbeth. Orson Welles moved the play’s setting from Scotland to a fictional Caribbean island, recruited an entirely Black cast, and earned the nickname for his production from the Haitian vodou that fulfilled the role of Scottish witchcraft. A box office sensation, the production is regarded as a landmark theatrical event for several reasons: its innovative interpretation of the play, its success in promoting African-American theatre, and its role in securing the reputation of its 20-year-old director. – Wikepedia