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Chapter Three - Public Shakespeare as Performance

23 days ago   |   By Harvard

First came the meme to wash hands for the duration of Lady Macbeth's “Out, damned spot” speech. Soon society was shutting down. “I'm worried about Covid-19 causing theatres to go dark,” tweeted theater-maker MediocreDave on March 9, 2020. “Not because I'll lose income, but because we'll inevitably be subjected to opportunistic Shakespeare scholars making smug but superficial analogies to the playhouse closures of the late Elizabethan plague years.” That'll be the end of that, I thought.
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