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Re: Mac. Curse
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 9.0166  Friday, 27 February 1998.

[1]     From:   Richard Nathan <
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        Date:   Monday, 23 Feb 1998 15:33:35 +0000
        Subj:   Re: SHK 9.0159  Another Q Mac. Curse

[2]     From:   Fran Teague <
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        Date:   Monday, 23 Feb 98 13:06:47 EST
        Subj:   Re: SHK 9.0159  Another Q Mac. Curse

[3]     From:   Douglas Buchanan <
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        Date:   Thursday, 26 Feb 1998 11:40:50 -0500
        Subj:   RE: SHK 9.0159  Another Q Mac. Curse


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From:           Richard Nathan <
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Date:           Monday, 23 Feb 1998 15:33:35 +0000
Subject: 9.0159  Another Q Mac. Curse
Comment:        Re: SHK 9.0159  Another Q Mac. Curse

I do not like to think I'm superstitious, but I was in a terrible
production of Macbeth in college.  I recently learned that both the
performers who played Macbeth and Lady Macbeth died while relatively
young.

Even before I learned that, I was working on a parody of Macbeth, in
which all the characters are afraid to say "Macbeth,"  because anyone
who says the name dies.

Some of you might be familiar with my parodies.  I first wrote a parody
of Hamlet in which Groucho Marx is Hamlet, Chico Marx is Horatio, Harpo
is the Ghost of Hamlet's father, Laurel and Hardy are Rozencrantz and
Guildenstern, and the Three Stooges are the traveling players.  Next I
wrote a parody of King Lear with W.C. Fields as Lear.

Just a few minutes ago, I finished typing up the last act of my Macbeth
parody, with Lou Costello as Macbeth.  Lady Macbeth starts out as a
woman, but she changes to Bud Abbott when she asks the Spirits that tend
on mortal thoughts to unsex her.  The Weird Sisters are the Andrews
Sisters.  Duncan is Jerry Lewis.  Malcolm is Joe Besser.  The Three
Murderers are the Three Stooges.  Lady Macduff is Margret Dumont, and
Macduff's Son is Groucho Marx.

If anyone would like me to e-mail them a copy of the first draft in text
format, please let me know and I'll be happy to do so.

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From:           Fran Teague <
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Date:           Monday, 23 Feb 98 13:06:47 EST
Subject: 9.0159  Another Q Mac. Curse
Comment:        Re: SHK 9.0159  Another Q Mac. Curse

Re. MAC: There's a short discussion of several theatrical superstitions
on the home page for our community theater group. Just go to
http://members.aol.com/TownGown/index.htm  and look for the
superstitions essay.

Cordially,
Fran Teague

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From:           Douglas Buchanan <
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Date:           Thursday, 26 Feb 1998 11:40:50 -0500
Subject: 9.0159  Another Q Mac. Curse
Comment:        RE: SHK 9.0159  Another Q Mac. Curse

Without delving into the historical, we did Macbeth at Dawson College;
rehearsals beginning on Jan. 5. That was the first day of the greatest
ice-storm "in 10,000 years" (according to the beleaguered Hydro-Quebec).
A bit of overkill, if you ask me!    D. Buchanan
 

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