With Ducane dead, McBride easily assumes his position. Ducane’s sons Malcolm and Martin flee to New Jersey, fearing that whoever killed their father wants them dead as well.
Paranoid and frightened by The Priestesses’ prophecy that Benito’s heirs will ultimately rule his territory,
McBride orders his men to kill Benito and his son Segundo. McBride’s men ambush Benito, but they fail to kill Segundo. McBride becomes furious: as long as Segundo is alive, he fears that his power remains insecure.
At a party celebrating the life of Ducane, McBride, fueled by a continuous coke high and lack of sleep, believes he sees Benito’s ghost bleeding at the dinner table. McBride raves fearfully, startling his crew and the other gang-members. His wife tries to neutralize the damage, but McBride’s ravings show a weakness that scares the crew members, who are becoming aware of his current drug consumption.
Newly frightened, McBride finds The Priestesses, who show him a series of demons and spirits who present him with further prophecies: he must beware of Duff, who opposes McBride’s accession to the position of boss. They tell him he is incapable of being harmed by any man born of woman; and McBride feels secure, knowing that all men are born of women. When McBride learns that Mike Duff has joined with Malcolm and
Martin, he attempts to kill them all. McBride and his crew ambush Duff, Malcolm and Martin, and although they fend off the assassination attempt, Duff’s son Lennox is killed. Stricken with grief, Duff vows revenge.
Ladailia McBride, meanwhile, apparently suffering from guilt, becomes plagued with fits of sleepwalking and as she sinks deeper into her drug addiction, she is hospitalized where she ultimately commits suicide. McBride receives news that Ladailia has killed herself, causing him to sink into a deep and pessimistic depression. Nevertheless, certain that the Priestess’s prophecies guarantee his invincibility, he lures Duff into one last fight for the drug empire. At this shootout, Duff tells him that he was not “of born of woman” but was instead “ripped” from his mother’s womb during an emergency Cesarean Section. McBride realizes that the Priestesses tricked him and that he is doomed, but he continues to fight to the death.
Blood for Blood adds new elements not found in Shakespeare’s play, providing for a number of surprising twists and turns.
The first staged reading of Blood for Blood: