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*Macbeth* Qs
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 5, No. 0982.  Tuesday, 6 December 1994.
 
(1)     From:   Daniel L. Colvin <
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        Date:   Monday, 5 Dec 1994 16:19:30 -0600 (CST)
        Subj:   Producing Macbeth
 
(2)     From:   W. L. Godshalk <
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        Date:   Monday, 05 Dec 1994 23:22:21 -0500 (EST)
        Subj:   MACBETH and witches, sex, politics, and psychoanalysis
 
 
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From:           Daniel L. Colvin <
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Date:           Monday, 5 Dec 1994 16:19:30 -0600 (CST)
Subject:        Producing Macbeth
 
I have been asked to be a "textual consultant" for a production of _Macbeth_
our theatre department is putting on next semester.  Right now the director and
I are going through the play line by line, allowing him to ask me any questions
regarding the play (he has done no real "scholarship" up to this point).
 
The director has floated several ideas by me;  I have given my response (which
tends to be quite conservative).  I would appreciate responses and advice from
the list members on any or all of the following (and I suspect more questions
may follow):
 
1.  The director would like to cross-gender cast many of the roles (except for
Macbeth and Lady Macbeth).  Certainly many of the minor roles would be cast
that way.  He is proposing that one or two of the major characters would be
cross-gender cast (he is suggesting Duncan, Malcolm, and Banquo). My response
was that I saw the play as being quite gender-dependent.  What do you list
members think about the idea?  If you see it as possible/positive, what
problems (other than textual editing) do you foresee?
 
2.  The director wanted to know whether it would work to have Macbeth beheaded
on stage at the end.  I still don't know what I think -- that is, what would be
lost or gained.  Any opinions?
 
Thanks for your advice.  Any other ideas to plug into the early stages of this
production would also be most welcome.
 
 
Dan Colvin
Department of English
Western Illinois University

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From:           W. L. Godshalk <
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Date:           Monday, 05 Dec 1994 23:22:21 -0500 (EST)
Subject:        MACBETH and witches, sex, politics, and psychoanalysis
 
My colleague Beth Ash is looking for material on MACBETH and witches, sex,
politics, and psychoanalysis. Apparently she is looking for books and articles
that deal with more than one or two of these topics. She knows about Gary Wills
new book and about articles by Stallybras and Greenblatt. Does anyone have
other suggestions?
 
Yours, Bill Godshalk
 

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