Orson Welles on Shakespeare: The W.P.A. and Mercury Theatre Playscripts
Orson Welles' theatrical productions of Shakespeare for the W.P.A.'s Federal Theatre Project and Welles' own Mercury Theatre represent unique blending of high art and the politicized popular culture of the 1930s. This title contains the fully annotated playscripts of these adaptions, including the 'Voodoo' Macbeth, the modern-dress Julius Caesar, and Welles compilation of history plays, Five Kings. Richard France's general introduction provides invaluable background information that relates the three plays and their productions to the social, historical, political and economic climate from which they emerged. He further introduces each script with all of the relevant information on the production, interview material from those on the scene, and Welles' own directorial marginalia.
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