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Assorted *Macbeth* Items
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 5, No. 1000.  Sunday, 12 December 1994.
 
(1)     From:   Dan Vitkus <DVITKUS@EGAUCACS>
        Date:   Saturday, 10 Dec 1994 10:27 +0200
        Subj:   RE: SHK 5.0982  *Macbeth* Qs
 
(2)     From:   Shirley Kagan <
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        Date:   Sunday, 11 Dec 1994 02:08:26 -1000
        Subj:   Re: SHK 5.0982 *Macbeth* Qs
 
(3)     From:   Bernice W. Kliman <
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        Date:   Saturday, 10 Dec 1994 20:27:48 -0400 (EDT)
        Subj:   Macbeth in NYC
 
 
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From:           Dan Vitkus <DVITKUS@EGAUCACS>
Date:           Saturday, 10 Dec 1994 10:27 +0200
Subject: 5.0982  *Macbeth* Qs
Comment:        RE: SHK 5.0982  *Macbeth* Qs
 
Reply to Wm. Godshalk re: Beth Ash's request for good material on _Macbeth_
 
She should definitely consult Stuart Clark's article in _Past & Present_
87, "Inversion, Misrule, and the Meaning of Witchcraft." That would be a
good place to start--then check his footnotes for further citations.  Clark
only has it two-thirds right, though.  He concentrates on subversion when
the real issue is equivocation, amphibologia.
 
Dan Vitkus

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The American University in Cairo
 
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From:           Shirley Kagan <
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Date:           Sunday, 11 Dec 1994 02:08:26 -1000
Subject: 5.0982 *Macbeth* Qs
Comment:        Re: SHK 5.0982 *Macbeth* Qs
 
In response to Daniel Colvin's querry re: cross-gender casting in *Macbeth* I
have one major reservation.  It seems that a great deal of Lady Macbeth's
frustrations and actions result from the fact that as a female in this society
she is not allowed to hold power.  This is why she must gain whatever power she
can through her husband.  Perhaps this is even the reason she is obsessed by
the idea of power as much as she is. However, if in this society a woman CAN
reach postions of power (which is what you get if you cast a female Malcolm,
Banquo, etc) then Lady Macbeth runs the risk of turning into a pretty evil
person - i.e. - she could, like other women, get power directly if she chose to
do so, but she is manipulative and screwed up and thus prefers to get her
husband in trouble.  It doesn't necessarily have to happen this way, but it is
a potential problem worth considering.
 
Shirley Kagan
University of Hawaii.
 
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From:           Bernice W. Kliman <
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Date:           Saturday, 10 Dec 1994 20:27:48 -0400 (EDT)
Subject:        Macbeth in NYC
 
Dear Colleagues,
 
A *Macbeth* worthy of attention is now playing at CSC (136 E. 13th Street in
NYC, west of 3rd Avenue).  Produced by the Falstaff Presents, Inc., it will
play every day except Sundays until 12/23.  If you are around, it is well worth
the trip.  The 13 actors do well by the play.  My students loved it, and it's a
good performance to take a class to see.  Student rush tickets are only $10 the
day of the show.  For information, call CSC at 1-212-677-4210.  The show is
also listed among the off-off-B'way plays in the Sunday *NY TIMES.*  Though it
has six tv monitors in view, it is not a concept-driven play, perhaps because
the actor playing Macbeth (Jack Stehlin) also directed.  Yes, Macbeth is
decapitated onstage.
 
Best wishes, Bernice
 

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