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Re: Cross-casting of Macbeth
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.0871  Tuesday, 18 May 1999.

[1]     From:   Ted Nellen <
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        Date:   Monday, 17 May 1999 11:55:16 -0500 (CDT)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 10.0868 Cross-casting of Macbeth

[2]     From:   Eric W Beato <
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        Date:   Monday, 17 May 1999 19:24:01 -0400
        Subj:   SHK 10.0868 Cross-casting of Macbeth


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From:           Ted Nellen <
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Date:           Monday, 17 May 1999 11:55:16 -0500 (CDT)
Subject: 10.0868 Cross-casting of Macbeth
Comment:        Re: SHK 10.0868 Cross-casting of Macbeth

>I have no idea whether the observations of the critic are justified,
>but, in all honesty, I do have a preference for more traditional
>performances without Macbeth in a leather jacket "toking" on a joint.
>
> Mort Nickell

Actually, this notion might not be a bad production, if done well.  It
may help explain much of the actions of Macbeth his highs and lows and
delusions

Consider the witch scene well done by Polanski when he visits their den
and wakes after a drug induced night.

Much of the play is hallucinogenic when the woods move and such.

I've seen many versions of Shakespeare.  Brooks' MDN and this year's
current Excellent version.

Troilus and Cressida set in the Crimean war, great version.

Patrick Stewart's Merchant of Venice, superb.

Actually I do see Macbeth in a lether jacket toking on  a reefer.  It
works.  All chicks?? Now I don't see that as easily. But Macbeth set in
Bogata Columbia or Chinese opium war scenario or American Hollywood
backlot or NYC wall street firm.

I like this notion and may play it out with some our kids next year.
Not fond of using this play, however, this may be a cool way to present
it.

R&J became West Side Story, so why not Macbeth in a leather jacket,
Marlon Brando comes to mind, James Dean...

Thanks for this notice, very interesting.

And on that Shakespearean note, just saw MDN and loved it. great
treatment of fairies
Kline great tension between the sexes magnificently done setting and
costuming appropriate. Highly recommended.

 Ted Nellen

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From:           Eric W Beato <
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Date:           Monday, 17 May 1999 19:24:01 -0400
Subject: Cross-casting of Macbeth
Comment:        SHK 10.0868 Cross-casting of Macbeth

While the 'Chickspeare' version of Macbeth sounded like a disaster, I
would mention that a group calling itself the Equity Library Theatre
staged a full-length version of Macbeth in Chicago in 1996 with an
interesting single cross-cast. In the modern-dress staging, a fine young
actress named Maria Santucci played Banquo and later played Lady
Macduff.  She was outstanding.

Other than the modern-dress effect of the female warrior/friend Banquo,
the staging of the same actor as victim of Macbeth's murder in
back-to-back acts was quite striking.  It was, on a small budget, one of
the best things I saw that year.

Rick Beato
Lisle IL Senior High School
 

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