Kaleidoscopic Witches: Streaming the Folger Theatre’s Macbeth

Authors

  • Joseph Sullivan

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.18274/bl.v14i1.300

Abstract

The COVID-19 pandemic closed theaters globally for over a year. Some companies continued to serve the public good by making available streamed live-captured performances. One such offering is the 2008 Macbeth codirected by Aaron Posner and Teller. The production emphasizes the horrific elements of the play and conceives of the witches as skeletal monsters who strongly evoke associations with dark tourism fixtures, such as the Capuchin Catacombs in Palermo, Italy, and the Pirates of the Caribbean amusement park ride and film franchise.

Author Biography

Joseph Sullivan

Joseph Sullivan is an Associate Professor of English at Marietta College where he teaches medieval and early modern British literature. His current monograph project focuses on cognitive biases in audience reception of Shakespeare. Other recent works have explored the pop culture resonances found in adaptations of Shakespeare’s plays intended for mass consumption. He is a member of the advisory board for the Ohio Valley Shakespeare Conference.

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Published

2022-11-02

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Appropriations in Performance