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Re: Macbeth Apparitions
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 8.0262.  Sunday, 23 February 1997.

[1]     From:   Annalisa Castaldo <
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        Date:   Saturday, 22 Feb 1997 09:59:03 -0500 (EST)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 8.0253 Q: Macbeth Apparitions

[2]     From:   G. L. Horton <
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        Date:   Saturday, 22 Feb 1997 10:42:02 -0500 (EST)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 8.0260  Re: Macbeth Apparitions

[3]     From:   Cornelius Novelli <
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        Date:   Saturday, 22 Feb 1997 16:04:06 EST
        Subj:   RE: SHK 8.0253  Q: Macbeth Apparitions


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From:           Annalisa Castaldo <
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Date:           Saturday, 22 Feb 1997 09:59:03 -0500 (EST)
Subject: 8.0253 Q: Macbeth Apparitions
Comment:        Re: SHK 8.0253 Q: Macbeth Apparitions

Interesting timing, since I just last night saw a student (the
definition of tight budget) production of Macbeth. In this version, each
of the three witches drank a potion and "channeled" one of the speeches
usually spoken by an apparition. What made it work, I think is that
Macbeth also drank. When he asked about Banquo and was told to seek no
more, he snatched the cup and drank before the witches could stop him.
He then collapsed to the ground and we saw the line of kings as he did
(although there had been no other special effects).

Annalisa Castaldo

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From:           G. L. Horton <
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Date:           Saturday, 22 Feb 1997 10:42:02 -0500 (EST)
Subject: 8.0260  Re: Macbeth Apparitions
Comment:        Re: SHK 8.0260  Re: Macbeth Apparitions

I've seen big puppets: crowns, masks, and draped material-carried high
by "invisible" cast members as if floating through the air.

G.L.Horton -- Newton, MA, USA

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From:           Cornelius Novelli <
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Date:           Saturday, 22 Feb 1997 16:04:06 EST
Subject: 8.0253  Q: Macbeth Apparitions
Comment:        RE: SHK 8.0253  Q: Macbeth Apparitions

I saw a wonderful MACBETH, probably in '82 or '83, done outdoors by
SHAKESPEARE & COMPANY, dir. Tina Packer.  As I remember, the apparitions
were done simply and impressively but I don't recall details-perhaps
moving in isolation across a wall/parapet.  I'm sure that their
promptbooks & memories could provide useful information.  The outdoor
setting certainly helped, with a surround of darkness, looming trees,
and sometimes wind and scudding clouds.

--Neil Novelli
 

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