The Tragedy of Macbeth [With DVD]

By William Shakespeare; Barbara A. Mowat (Editor); Paul Werstine (Editor)
Simon & Schuster, Paperback, 9781439172254, 223pp.

Publication Date: September 8, 2009

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Description
"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 DVD 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.



About the Author
Keith Hale is author of the novels Clicking Beat on the Brink of Nada and Letters to a Shooting Star. He has edited an anthology of gay literature from antiquity through the First World War (Ode to Boy), a collection of Lord Byron's love poetry for boys (Edleston), a collection of Rupert Brooke's letters that had been sealed for eighty years due to their homosexual themes (Friends and Apostles), a collection of Georgian Poetry, and editions of poetry by Shakespeare, Housman, and Brooke. Hale wrote the first and perhaps only account of gay life in the Balkans before the walls of Communism crumbled in his travelogue In the Land of Alexander, and he explored how the military's ban on gays affected the life of one ROTC cadet in his book Torn Allegiances. Hale is a native of Mayflower, Arkansas, and also has made his home in Austin, Amsterdam, and Guam.

Mowat, Director of Academic Programs Folger Shakespeare Library.

William Shakespeare was born in April 1564 in the town of Stratford-upon-Avon, on England's Avon River. When he was eighteen, he married Anne Hathaway. The couple had three children--their older daughter Susanna and the twins, Judith and Hamnet. Hamnet, Shakespeare's only son, died in childhood. The bulk of Shakespeare's working life was spent, not in Stratford, but in the theater world of London, where he established himself professionally by the early 1590s. He enjoyed success not only as a playwright, but as an actor and shareholder in an acting company. Sometime between 1610 and 1613, Shakespeare is thought to have retired from the stage and returned home to Stratford, where he died in 1616.



Praise For The Tragedy of Macbeth [With DVD]

"Macbeth is a blast...ghoulish...beguiling...sardonic...an expression of how captivating an evening of crackling Shakespeare can be." -- Peter Marks, The Washington Post

"The explosive and overwhelming effect of a truck bomb...this horrific, riveting Macbeth ought to be seen by as many people as possible." -- Terry Teachout, The Wall Street Journal

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