The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.0460 Monday, 18 February 2002
Date: Friday, 15 Feb 2002 16:08:00 -0800 (PST)
Subject: Notes from Oregon Shakespeare Festival
The following notes, which were sent out on the mailing list of the
Oregon Shakespeare Festival, give some idea of the directors'
conceptions of these plays as they prepare them for performance this
(I have no connection with OSF, except as a long-time member, etc. More
info at http://www.orshakes.org/ )
[Note: Macbeth will be in the new small theater (260-350 seats), which
is somewhat bigger than the old small theater.]
Look forward to a roller coaster like-ride when you come to see
MACBETH. Lue Morgan Douthit, Dramaturg and Literary Director, likened
the production to the "Blue Streak" a well known roller coaster at Cedar
Point in Sandusky, Ohio. This production directed by Libby Appel uses
six actors to tell the story as relentlessly as a roller coaster.
Laird Williamson directs with a remarkable vision for the play that
masterfully integrates its cerebral/verbal elements with its
visual/emotional elements. While the production is not set in a
specific period, it is firmly rooted in the 20th Century. The set and
costumes reflect echoes of Germany's Weimar Republic during the brief
interlude between the two World Wars. The designers are employing a
limited color palette to reflect a constructivist, slightly facistic
aesthertic. It is a cold, almost inhumane look, beautifully
illustrating Laird's final comment of the evening: "If you do evil in
order to achieve good, just see where it will lead you."
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