The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.0270 Tuesday, 26 June 2012
Date: Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Subject: Folger Shakespeare Library Macbeth with DVD of Teller/Posner Production
The pervious post, regarding the E-Book versions of the Folger Shakespeare Library editions, reminded me of the promise of a DVD version of the Teller/Posner Macbeth I saw at the Folger Elizabethan Theatre some years ago.
A search of Amazon.com revealed that the DVD was packaged with the Folger Library paperback edition in late 2009 as Macbeth: The DVD Edition (Folger Shakespeare Library) [Paperback].
Macbeth: The DVD Edition includes everything you’ve come to expect from the Folger Shakespeare Library editions of Shakespeare’s plays—facing-page explanatory notes, scene-by-scene plot summaries, illustrations from the Folger archives—combined here with a bonus DVD of a performance of Macbeth recorded before a rapt audience in the Folger’s intimate Elizabethan Theatre. Conceived and directed by Teller (of Penn & Teller) and Aaron Posner, this acclaimed production showcases the inventive magic of Teller, who, with Posner, contributes a new foreword to this edition, writing about their vision of the play as a “supernatural horror thriller.” Macbeth: The DVD Edition is the perfect volume for those encountering the play for the first time and for those finding brilliant new insights into a classic.
This Edition Includes:
• DVD of the 2008 Folger Theatre/Two River Theater Company production—with over 50 minutes of special features, including interviews with the directors, actors, designers, and scholars
• Foreword by directors Teller and Aaron Posner on the staging of Macbeth
• Freshly edited text based on the 1623 First Folio
• Full explanatory notes conveniently placed on pages facing the text of the play
• A key to the play's famous lines and phrases
• An introduction to reading Shakespeare’s language in Macbeth
• Illustrations from the Folger Shakespeare Library’s vast holdings of rare books
• An essay by Susan Snyder that provides a modern perspective on the play