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Re: Cross-casting of Macbeth
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.0873  Wednesday, 19 May 1999.

[1]     From:   Ivan Fuller <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 18 May 1999 08:43:27 -0500 (CDT)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 10.0871 Re: Cross-casting of Macbeth

[2]     From:   Alan Pierpoint <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 19 May 1999 07:52:16 EDT
        Subj:   Re: SHK 10.0871 Re: Cross-casting of Macbeth


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From:           Ivan Fuller <
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Date:           Tuesday, 18 May 1999 08:43:27 -0500 (CDT)
Subject: 10.0871 Re: Cross-casting of Macbeth
Comment:        Re: SHK 10.0871 Re: Cross-casting of Macbeth

>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.

I directed a production of MACBETH with similar cross-castings.  A
female played Banquo as well as Macduff's son.  Same effect as mentioned
above.  Other fun cross-castings that I employed: same guy played
Duncan, the Porter (getting drunk while his other character is being
murdered), and Siward.  The actress who played Lady Macbeth also played
young Siward (so Macbeth was able to "kill" his wife and then really
kill her in another guise).  Such interesting results that I can't help
but wonder if Shakespeare's "small" company players did the same thing
for the same reasons.

Ivan Fuller
Augustana College
Bare Bodkins Theatre Co.

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From:           Alan Pierpoint <
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Date:           Wednesday, 19 May 1999 07:52:16 EDT
Subject: 10.0871 Re: Cross-casting of Macbeth
Comment:        Re: SHK 10.0871 Re: Cross-casting of Macbeth

Can I put in a plug for the LA Women's Shakespeare Co, while we're on
the subject of "Chickspeare"?  I've taken students to two of their
productions (Much Ado this year, MM two years ago), and can report that
the prospect of "women kissing women" helps fill the bus, and that Lisa
Wolpe is one of the best interpreters of male Shakespearean roles
(Angelo, Benedict) I've seen on the live stage.   The more conventional
productions by the Pasadena Shakespeare Co. have also been entertaining
and intelligently conceived.

Alan Pierpoint
Southwestern Academy
 

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