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September 13, 2004


The Alabama Shakespeare Festival "hopes for an effect 'like Braveheart'" from its performance of Macbeth at Maxwell Air Force Base.

Although the blood-splattered Scottish play is not known for its morale-inducing qualities, the touring Alabama Shakespeare Festival hopes for an effect “like Braveheart”. The Pentagon has coughed up $1m (under special congressional authorisation) to bring the Bard to the troops. The actors will also do workshops for them.

Dana Gioia, the NEA's chairman, insists that the choice of “Macbeth” reflects no underlying message; it is just a short, well-known and portable play with a small (and rapidly diminishing) cast. Besides, he adds, it's a play about soldiers. Well, yes, they do appear occasionally, sometimes as trees.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at September 13, 2004 09:10 AM

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