Macbeth: The 30-Minute Shakespeare

Macbeth: The 30-Minute Shakespeare

by William Shakespeare, Nick Newlin (Editor)

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Overview

Planning a school or amateur Shakespeare production? The best way to experience the plays is to perform them, but getting started can be a challenge: The complete plays are too long and complex, while scene selections or simplified language are too limited.

"The 30-Minute Shakespeare" is a new series of abridgements that tell the “story” of each play from start to finish while keeping the beauty of Shakespeare’s language intact. Specific stage directions and character suggestions give even inexperienced actors the tools to perform Shakespeare with confidence, understanding, and fun!

This cutting of MACBETH is edited to seven key scenes, opening with the Weird Sisters predicting Macbeth's fate. Also included are Macbeth and his villainous wife plotting to murder King Duncan, the appearance of Banquo's ghost at the banquet, the Witches' unforgettable "double double toil and trouble" scene, and Lady Macbeth's riveting "out, damned spot" sleepwalk. In the finale, the entire cast recites Macbeth's poignant "tomorrow, tomorrow, and tomorrow" speech in unison.

The edition also includes an essay by editor Nick Newlin on how to produce a Shakespeare play with novice actors, and notes about the original production of this abridgement at the Folger Shakespeare Library's annual Student Shakespeare Festival.


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781935550020
Publisher: Nicolo Whimsey Press
Publication date: 05/01/2010
Series: 30-Minute Shakespeare Series
Edition description: Abridged
Pages: 56
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Nick Newlin: Nick Newlin has been a performer, writer and arts educator for

international audiences for 30 years. Since 1996, he has conducted an annual

Play Directing residency affiliated with the

Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC.

Nick has a BA from Harvard University with Honors 1982

and an MA in Theater from The University of Maryland

with an emphasis on Play Directing. Mr. Newlin now has 20 plays

in The 30-Minute Shakespeare series, plus

The 30-Minute Shakespeare Anthology: 18 Student Scenes with Monologues.



In 2017 Mr. Newlin collaborated with Emmy Award winning The Simpsons writer

Mike Reiss on a new play "Shakespeare's Worst", which had its world premiere at

Bristol Shakespeare Festival in the UK in 2017. Shakespeare's Worst

played in Summer 2018 at Utah Shakespeare Festival. Summer 2019 Shakespeare's Worst

will be produced by Capital Fringe Festival at Washington DC's Arena Stage.



The Nicolo Whimsey Show has performed at The Smithsonian's Discovery Theatre

where they were honored with Legacy Artist award,

The National Theatre in Washington, DC, and the White House

William Shakespeare 26 April 1564 – 23 April 1616was an English poet, playwright and actor, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's greatest dramatist.He is often called England's national poet and the "Bard of Avon".His extant works, including collaborations, consist of approximately 39 plays,154 sonnets, two long narrative poems, and a few other verses, some of uncertain authorship. His plays have been translated into every major living language and are performed more often than those of any other playwright.[

Shakespeare was born and raised in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire. . Sometime between 1585 and 1592, he began a successful career in London as an actor, writer, and part-owner of a playing company called the Lord Chamberlain's Men, later known as the King's Men.



His early plays were primarily comedies and histories and are regarded as some of the best work produced in these genres. Until about 1608, he wrote mainly tragedies, among them Hamlet, Othello, King Lear, and Macbeth, all considered to be among the finest works in the English language. In the last phase of his life, he wrote tragicomedies (also known as romances) and collaborated with other playwrights.



Throughout the 20th and 21st centuries, Shakespeare's works have been continually adapted and rediscovered by new movements in scholarship and performance. His plays remain popular and are studied, performed, and reinterpreted through various cultural and political contexts around the world.

Date of Death:

2018

Place of Birth:

Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom

Place of Death:

Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom

Table of Contents

Preface: No Experience Necessary..................................... vi
Characters in the Play........................................................ vIii
Macbeth ........................................................................ 1
Performing Shakespeare................................................... 30
Performance Notes: Macbeth............................................. 49
Set and Prop List.............................................................. 57
Sample Program............................................................... 58
Additional Resources......................................................... 59

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