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Acting in the Night Alexander Nemerov

Acting in the Night

Alexander Nemerov

Published January 1st 2010
ISBN : 9781283277280
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312 pages
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What can the performance of a single play on one specific night tell us about the world this event inhabited so briefly? Alexander Nemerov takes a performance of Macbeth in Washington, DC on October 17, 1863-with Abraham Lincoln in attendance-toMoreWhat can the performance of a single play on one specific night tell us about the world this event inhabited so briefly? Alexander Nemerov takes a performance of Macbeth in Washington, DC on October 17, 1863-with Abraham Lincoln in attendance-to explore this question and illuminate American art, politics, technology, and life as it was being lived. Nemerovs inspiration is Wallace Stevens and his poem Anecdote of the Jar, in which a single object organizes the wilderness around it in the consciousness of the poet. For Nemerov, that evenings performance of Macbeth reached across the tragedy of civil war to acknowledge the horrors and emptiness of a world it tried and ultimately failed to change.