Dir Michael Arndt: Macbeth from the page to the stage plus “The 32 Second Macbeth”

macbeth_poster for Cal Lutheran University dir. by Michael ArndtTomorrow, July 1 at 10:30am in Trailer 2 at Ventura College, Michael Arndt, Artistic Director of the Kingsmen Shakespeare Company at Cal Lutheran University, will discuss taking Macbeth from the Shakespeare’s page to the CLU stage.

In honor of this occasion, check out this 32 Second version of Macbeth, featuring many of the most memorable lines and evoking some of the most memorable scenes from the play.

The 32-second Macbeth

And, who said what?

Actors 1, 2, 3  Fair is foul and foul is fair

Actor 4  What bloody man is that?

Actor 2  A drum, a drum!  Macbeth doth come

Macbeth   So foul and fair a day I have not seen

Actor 3  All hail, Macbeth, that shalt be king hereafter!

Macbeth  If chance will have me king, then chance will crown me

Actor 5  Unsex me here

Macbeth  If it were done when ‘tis done

Actor 5  Screw your courage to the sticking place

Macbeth  Is this a dagger that I see before me? (Actor 4 dies)

Actor 5  A little water clears us of this deed.

Actor 6   Fly, good Fleance, fly!  (dies)

Macbeth  Blood will have blood

Actors 1, 2, 3  Double, double, toil and trouble

Actor 7   He has kill’d me, mother!  (dies)

Actor 8  Bleed, bleed, poor country!

Actor 5  Out damn’d spot!  (dies)

Macbeth  Out, out, brief candle!

Actor 8   Turn, hell-hound, turn!

Macbeth  Lay on Macduff!  (dies)

Actor 8  Hail, king of Scotland!

So who said what? What’s my line?

In Shakespeare’s time, actors didn’t receive the whole script–only their part which they received rolled up hence the word “role” to describe an actor’s part in a play.

Weds July 1: Each student will receive a “roll” with his or her lines on it. Figure out “who” you are, and prepare to tell us in class about where in the play your line can be found, what’s the context of the line, what it means, why it’s important.

Thurs. July 2: You’ll have a chance to discuss your role, lines, and scenes with someone else in the class who has the same part. We will go over some of the lines in the first half of the play, and we’ll “do” the 32 second version of the play with one cast of characters; when your character “dies” (as 5 of them do), please gratify us by falling down dead.

Mon. July 6:  We’ll “do” the 32 second version of the play with the second cast; when your character “dies” (as 5 of them do), please gratify us by falling down dead. In class, we’ll go over the rest of the scenes in the play represented by these lines.

You can write about your character for your Thursday Reading Response OR write up your notes for your presentation and put it in your portfolio. If you miss class, and don’t have a part, email me and I will let you know which one to do.

Since Macbeth has 7 lines, one person will do the first 5, and one person will do the last 5 so that there’s overlap for lines 3, 4, and 5.

Three LA Area Literary & Art Collaborations & Shakespeare too for you this summer

Shakespeare Galore plus three Visual & Literary Art Collaborations in LA Summer 2009

macbeth_poster CLU KingsmenSummer is outdoor Shakespeare season with Will’s Words popping up all over the country, including many different performances in unusual venues all over the Los Angeles region including Topanga Canyon’s Will Geer Thetricum Botanicum.

The Kingsmen’s version of Macbeth opens tonight at 8pm on the campus of California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, in east Ventura County followed by All’s Well That Ends Well. Bring a blanket and a picnic and come early –grounds open at 5:30pm–to enjoy the pre-show entertainment and stake out a good spot on the grass.


  • Friday, Saturday, Sunday – June 26-28, 2009
  • Thursday, Friday, Sunday – July 2-3, 5, 2009
  • Friday, Saturday, Sunday – July 10-12, 2009

All’s Well That Ends Well

  • Friday, Saturday, Sunday – July 17-19, 2009
  • Friday, Saturday, Sunday – July 24-26, 2009
  • Friday, Saturday, Sunday – July 31, August 1-2, 2009

Poetry can be heard in an art gallery at Bell Arts Factory 432 Ventura Ave Saturday starting at 7:30pm; an open mic follows the feature. If it’s less traditional means of the literary arts that fascinates you, here are three events worth checking out, two of which feature my dear friend Jen Hofer:

ONE: Jen Hofer will read in Hollywood tonight, Friday June 26 from few of her brand-new hand-made tiny books which will be exhibited as part of a group show curated by Jibade-Khalil Huffman at Eighth Veil Gallery. The show is titled Wrong: A Program of Text and Image: information on the Eighth Veil website. Jen will also have on hand a hand-sewn a quilt made of papers collected on recent cross-country travels and she’ll be setting up the escritorio público (public letter-writing desk) at the opening where she charges $2 for a letter, $3 for a love letter, and $5 for an illicit love letter.

WRONG: A Program of Text and Image Curated by Jibade-Khalil Huffman
26 June 2009 – 31 July 2009 Opening reception June 26
Eighth Veil 7174 Sunset Boulevard Los Angeles, California

Featuring works by: Lucas Blalock, Mira Dancy, Zipora Fried, Charles Gaines, Jen Hofer, Jibade-Khalil Huffman, Marci MacGuffie, Eliza Newman-Saul, Mariah Robertson, Xaviera Simmons, Lawrence Weiner. Curated by artist and writer Jibade-Khalil Huffman, “Wrong: A Program of Text and Image” is a group exhibition of works concerned with the use of language in visual art. In conjunction with the show, Eighth Veil is producing “After Stanley Donen,” an anthology of art and writing edited by Huffman, available in July. Open Tuesday through Saturday, 12 – 6pm, and by appointment.

TWO: Visual artist Hillary Mushkin and Jen Hofer collaborated on Precipitation, an animated video that is part of the Oog series, an online multimedia opinion feature for the nationally distributed Dutch newspaper De Volkskrant. It can be viewed this week at http://extra.volkskrant.nl/oog/client/index.php?artworkId=271. After that it will be in the archives, http://extra.volkskrant.nl/oog/client/overview.php.  You’ll find Hillary’s images on her website, and in the near future another of collaborative projects will be published in the journal area sneaks, edited by Rita Gonzalez and Joseph Mosconi.


Mild Light

An evening of Cantastoria from the Performance Department of The Museum of Everyday Life

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“Cantastoria” is the Italian word for a traditional performance form originating in 6th Century India, involving the display of representational paintings accompanied by sung narration. Recently there has been a revival of interest in Cantastoria among performers,artists, puppeteers and activists in the West, who find that this ancient form has startlingly modern qualities and can easily be infused with fresh content. Historical, lyrical, and pathetical examples of the ancient and post-modern art of picture-story recitation will be presented by Clare Dolan, Chief Operating Philosopher of the Museum of Everyday Life (Vermont). Using examples from the permanent collection of the Museum of Everyday Life, Clare will demonstrate the versatility and immediacy of this performance form, with stories ranging from accounts of bloody crime in the 1930’s written by Bertolt Brecht, to the dilemmas of a modern-day heroine trying to make a living and achieve total happiness. In addition to the shows, a brief, entertaining and historical overview of the performance form will be presented, and refreshments will be served.July 2nd and 3rd performances will feature a special musical performance by Emily Lacy!Show Times:
Thursday, July 2nd at 8pm
Friday, July 3 at 8pm
Friday, July 3 at 10pm
Saturday, July 4th at 8pm

The Manual Archives
3320 West Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026

general admission $12

students or seniors $8

For more information please go to www.manualarchives.org

The Manual Archives is a project of Automata