Newstok and Thompson


On their co-edited book Weyward Macbeth: Intersections of Race and Performance

Cover Interview of December 26, 2010

Editor’s note

Originally, this interview ran on the Rorotoko cover page under the headline

Macbeth as both Shakespearean and American.”

We highlighted two quotes.

On the first page:

Macbeth subtly lures you into thinking that the ‘Scottish play’ doesn’t carry ‘the onerous burden of race,’ as the actor Harry Lennix puts it. This lure is so powerful that actors, directors, and writers often assume that they are the first to see the connections.”

On the second:

Macbeth focuses on the indelible quality of blood,that smelling substance that Lady Macbeth can’t fully wash from her hands.This unnervingly coincides with early American debates about the so-called nature—or essence—of race.”