Macbeth: Washington Shakespeare Company
Gniewek, Ray, American Theatre
Jose Carrasquillo, DIRECTOR: I've had this production of Macbeth in my head since the 1990s. Holinshed's Chronicles, from which the play is drawn, showcases a society that was very primal, animal-like, of the earth. But we usually see the play through the more civilized prism of Elizabethan England. I wanted to tell the story in a way that expressed the play's primitivism, its elemental quality. In our production we used the witches not as plot devices, but as forces of nature directing the action. The three witches were omnipresent and played many of the supporting characters. One patron wrote to tell me that, for him and his wife, it was not a cultural experience, but a visceral one: …
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Publication information: Article title: Macbeth: Washington Shakespeare Company. Contributors: Gniewek, Ray - Author. Magazine title: American Theatre. Volume: 24. Issue: 7 Publication date: September 2007. Page number: 40+. © 1999 Theatre Communications Group. COPYRIGHT 2007 Gale Group.
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