RUI(NATION) was one in a series of performances created and with sound scores by Clarinda Mac Low based on Shakespeare's Macbeth that used the text and the situations of the play to delve into the inner lives of tyrants. RUI(NATION) is based on the last act of the play. In RUI(NATION), a regime is toppling and the disintegrating mind of its ruler runs rampant with speculation and the myth of invincibility. Partnering with the Kitchens cavernous space and unique architectural features, Mac Low occupied the audience, hung from the ceiling and generally shook things up as she examined the ways that can power corrupt and, ultimately, destroy those who wield it. With her multi-media signature combination of intensity and intimate hospitality, Mac Low creates a character that is simultaneously repelling and appealing, and a situation that is simultaneously beautiful and disturbing. Video imagery proliferates, designed by Peter Kirn, while lighting by Aaron Copp and sets by David Evans Morris re-align the space into a mysterious new world.