One of the decisions I will have to make this summer is deciding between Macbeth and Richard III.
I loved teaching the latter this past year, but it's one of Shakespeare's early plays. It's a bit overlong and I think Macbeth might be a tighter teach. However, my joy in teaching Richard III has a lot to do with the Al Pacino film Looking for Richard, which is a pretty amazing documentation of a bunch of famous actors putting on the play, as well as an examination of contemporary attitudes towards Shakespeare.
If I were to switch to Macbeth, I wouldn't have that resource, but I would have another one -- the Folger edition of Macbeth, which just came out last year. It's a filmed version of the play that Teller (of Penn & Teller) put on at the Folger in 2008, and the extras have a lot of what Looking for Richard offers.
So, I'm considering the switch. I need to re-read Macbeth to make sure it's something I want to do. I really don't want to re-invent the wheel next year.
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