Come, you spirits that tend on mortal thoughts!

The year was 1968! The first Big Mac was served!

And speaking of tragic events, it's also the year that the lost last episode of Lady Marcia Macbeth's "I'm Not a Suppressed Homemaker! with Lady Marcia Macbeth" aired live. It was immediately banned from syndication, and the footage was tossed into the Cuyahoga River Fire of 1969. However, you're now more than welcome to screw your curiosity to the sticking-place and indulge in all things boys, bouffants, and blood. The soundstage where the show was filmed is now a sanitarium, but the logic of space-time has been defied, and you're all in for a wickedly groovy treat. Fair is foul, and foul is fair, what happened that day live on air?

All Tickets $20 (plus fees)
May 18-21 | Thursday - Saturday 7:30 pm | Sunday 2:30 pm
1200 Ellis Blvd. NW  |  Cedar Rapids | (319) 200-1269

Lady M has a little bit of a temper, so this "live taping" is recommended for audiences age 17 and up.

Click for Full Content Disclosure

This production of Out Darn Spot includes representations of blood and suicide.

Chicken slaughter, addiction, adultery and abandonment are referenced.

A variety of sexual acts and biology pertaining to sexual acts are discussed in frank and sometimes puzzling detail.

Slurs fly, none of them racial in nature.

There is a knife and there are hurt feelings.

There is more eyeliner than the director thinks strictly necessary.

Shakespeare is used roughly and without his consent.

Please enjoy the show.

Production Team

Written & Performed by Tyler Anthony Smith
Directed by Stephanie Shaw
Stage-Managed by Jenna Raithel
Wiggery by Keith Ryan


Tyler Anthony Smith (Writer/Lady Marcia Macbeth) is in show business.
He/They is/are a proud ensemble member of Hell in a Handbag Productions
in Chicago, has performed Off-Off-Broadway at La MaMa in NYC, and will
be debuting his fifth solo show (titled I KNOW YOU NEED MY VERVE) this
summer at Rhinofest (also in Chicago). Instagram: @judithnightlight

Stephanie Shaw (Director) has performed her own solo performance work
for a wide range of venues in the Chicago area, as well as NYC. An
alumni member of the Neo-Futurists, she wrote and performed regularly
for Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind from 1990-1995. She has
directed a number of Solo Shows for Live Bait Theatre, The New York
Fringe, Sweetback Productions, and the simple pleasure of Tyler Anthony
Smith and his audiences. She recently directed Tyler’s Frankenstreisand
for Hell In A Handbag. She has directed for The Neo-Futurists, Oak Park
Festival Theatre, MirrorBox Theatre (Cedar Rapids), and over a dozen
plays and musicals for the theatre department of Columbia College
Chicago, where she is a Professor of Instruction. Once upon a time, she
was a theatre critic for The Chicago Reader.

Jenna Raithel (Stage Manager) is a Chicago-based stage manager, with a
focus on Tyler Anthony Smith’s productions. Most recently stage managed
Hell in a Handbag’s production of I Promised Myself to Live Faster. In
Chicago, she has also worked with Sweetback Productions, Midnight
Circus, Teatro ZinZanni, Eclipse Theatre, Pegasus Theatre, and the 2020
Rhino Theatre Festival. In New England, spent four summers working on
big-top circus tours with Circus Smirkus, an international youth circus
based in Vermont. Jenna looks forward to collaborating with Smith and
Shaw once again for I KNOW YOU NEED MY VERVE at this summer’s 2023
Rhino Theatre Festival in Chicago -


More info coming soon.