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Portrait of Orson Welles
Portrait of Orson Welles, director of Macbeth

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Closing Night of the WPA Performance of Macbeth
July 25, 1936

One of the most talked about shows was Shakespeare's Macbeth, produced by John Houseman and directed by Orson Welles. July 25, 1936, was the closing night performance of Macbeth at the Park Theatre in Bridgeport, Connecticut. Critic Brooks Atkinson of The New York Times wrote of the production, "It overwhelms you with its fury and its phantom splendor." Nowadays, Shakespeare's plays are often set in different locations and time periods than those for which they were written, but it wasn't always this way.
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CREDIT: Van Vechten, Carl, photographer. "Portrait of Orson Welles." March 1, 1937. Creative Americans: Portraits by Carl Van Vechten, 1932-1964, Library of Congress.