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Actors in Macbeth

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

Orson Welles, just twenty-one at the time, created a brand new approach for this production. He cast African American actors in all the roles, moved the play's setting from Scotland to the Caribbean, and changed the witches to Haitian witch doctors. Critics called the results "startling," "splendid," and "colorful." Can you think of why Welles might have wanted to change the setting of the play? Do you think it made it the play more interesting or gave it a different meaning?
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