Confronting a classic
One of the questions I've been wrestling with as I've been preparing to direct Macbeth is the legend of the Macbeth curse. I like to think I'm not too superstitious, but I do want to respect the feeling of the entire company and so will be searching for a way to deal with the play-that-shall-not-be-named in the theater. On second thought, I'm more superstitious than I admit, and once we get this thing going, I will be as eager as everyone to have fortune smiling on our project. Although Macbeth is not a long play (and I have cut it to considerably less than 2 hours), it IS a big and complex play and presents lots of challenges. How to make it fresh. How to make it scary. How to make it insightful for an audience right here and now. How to keep the audience engaged every moment. Lots to think about!!
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Melissa Lourie is the Artistic Director of Middlebury Actors Workshop.