Orson Welles on Shakespeare: The W.P.A. and Mercury Theatre Playscripts

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Psychology Press, 1990 - Literary Criticism - 297 pages
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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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Contents

MACBETH
29
JULIUS CAESAR
103
FIVE KINGS
169

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About the author (1990)

Richard France is a playwright, teacher, actor, and authority on Orson Welles. He is the author of The Theatre of Orson Welles, which was the recipient of the Choice Outstanding Book Award in 1978. He is also the winner of the 1982 Silver PEN award. Currently, France teaches at the City University of New York.

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