The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.2222 Monday, 4 December 2000
Date: Friday, 1 Dec 2000 09:27:44 -0800
Subject: 11.2211 Re: Hecate
Comment: Re: SHK 11.2211 Re: Hecate
Last spring (2000) Tygres Heart Shakespeare Company, in Portland,
Oregon, did a wonderful Macbeth, with Hecate played by Nannette
Gatchel. Directed by our AD, Nancy N. Doherty.
It was set c. 1000 AD. The three witches (a young woman, an old woman,
and a middle-aged man) were played as student-witches, with day jobs (as
it were) in Dunsinane Castle. Hecate was their boss, who appears to
chide them when they messed up--the idea being that they got in over
their heads and told Macbeth too much, and now look what he's gone and
The witches were dressed as the servants they were; Hecate was in a silk
ball gown, with extended arms. She appeared on an overhead walkway
during the two scenes when she is chiding her students. She appeared
again, briefly, during Banquo's murder, perhaps helping Fleance escape.
I'm making it sound cute, which it wasn't. I found Hecate's scenes very
Laura Graser, Portland, Or.