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Macbeth #Tweetfest comes to life!

Jul 28, 2011 11:51:00 AM
By BLO Staff

On July 27, 2011, with the help of many talented tweeters, we live-tweeted Macbeth. If you missed it, you can read the entire piece below. Enjoy!
And many thanks again, to our tweeters! We delighted in your creativity.
Act 1, Scene 1 -- @NPAC Convention
#Macbeth. Act 1, Scene 1:
Thunder, lightning. Enter three #witches.
The #witches discuss when
they’ll meet again - Upon the heath. After the battle. Today. They’re going to
meet #Macbeth.
The #witches, called by
their mystic animals, say, “Fair is foul, and foul is fair: Hover through the
fog & filthy air.” They exeunt.
Act 1, Scene 2 -- @KatieMac_
King Duncan learns of
the military success against both the Irish and Norwegians, with lots of help
from Macbeth. Duncan
orders the traitor, the Thane of Cawdor, be put to death and wants Macbeth to
take his title. 
Act 1, scene 3 -- @emstage
“What are these
creatures?” - @Banquo #witches #getwithit
These #witches are
calling me Thane of Cawdor and future King. (And @Banquo’s kids will be kings,
too?) #yeahright #crazies
#witches just disappeared! Melted as breath into the wind!! #insaneroot
Thane of Cawdor
sentenced to death. Just found out his replacement from @RossAndAngus...
#guesswho #witchepredictions
for three. Will I be King? #fate #witchpredictions
Act 1, scene 4 -- @KatieMac_

Duncan, forever singing the praises of Macbeth, names
Macbeth the new thane of Cawdor and Malcom the Prince of Cumberland; and
announces a visit to Macbeth’s castle. Macbeth is outwardly humble when
receiving his praise, but is secretly planning how to become King himself, and
goes to warn his wife of the King’s arrival.
Act 1, scene 5 -- @playsthetart
Lady M: My husband was born for
greatness, but his ambition is weakened by a woman's fear and too much
kindness. He could not kill a king.

Messenger: Macbeth - new Thane of Cawdor - returns
triumphant from the war, and anticipates a present honored visit from King

Lady M: Serendipity! My husband would not kill a
king, but I will, and take what is mine. Spirits, give me a man's courage for
the deed.

(Macbeth arrives) Lady M: Charm the king when he
arrives. Never show him your false face. Tonight, we will take what is ours.

Macbeth: Wife, I would rather not understand your
intention. But I will obey and play him false to make the witches true.

Act 1, scene 6 -- @OPERAAmerica
So Duncan & his guys arrive at Macbeth’s castle for dinner.
(Have 2 resist the urge 2 yell “Don’t go in there!” like w/a horror movie.)
Duncan praises
the castle. Banquo agrees that it smells good. (who knew that Fabreeze existed
in Shakespeare’s time!)
Lady Macbeth comes out to welcome the guys to her castle. Duncan thanks her. (Yeah,
you’re going to regret that later.)
“De nada” Lady Macbeth replies. Then Duncan asks her to take him in to see Macbeth
b/c “we love him highly”. Awww!!
Yeah, that’s really all that happens here. Short scene. 
Act I, scene 7 -- @PhilippeTenor
Macbeth cannot steel
his resolve to kill the king.  He finds
valid reasons against the enterprise.
Lady Macbeth enters
the scene in a fury, accuses his ambition to be made of lies.
If Macbeth cannot kill
the King, surely the Lady is more man than he.
The perfect plot she
fast devises. Macbeth obeys his wife, all is as it should be.
Act 2, scene 1 -- @palmbeachopera

'Round midnight is the
time for cursed thoughts.  Insomnia much?
Did the king have a
"dream" or a "premonition" about "three weird
"Is this a dagger
which I see before me, The handle toward my hand?"
Last vision before
killing?  A floating blood-stained dagger.  Heavy.
Any doubt that lingers is
quelled by the ringing of the bell.  "I go and it is done."
"Hear it not, Duncan; for it is a knell
That summons thee to heaven or to hell."
Act 2, scene 2 -- @KatieMac_

Lady McB worries McB
didn’t follow thru in killing Dunc. He returns, haunted by what he has done and
worries he will sleep no more. Lady McB tries to calm him, and has to go place
the bloody dagger with the servants to frame them since McB is too afraid to
Act 2, scene 3 -- @artsinthemedia  
Knocking indeed! A
salty porter wakes and drags himself to the door.  MacDuff and Lennox
seek the king with tales of an unruly night.
Macbeth pretends to
lead them to Duncan...
but he and MacDuff 'discover' the corpse. 
Murder and treason -- sound the alarm!
confesses…then denies it.  Lady Macbeth
draws attention, fainting in horror, and is carried out.  The men go to get dressed.
Duncan's sons, Malcolm and
Donalbain, panic and fear for their own lives, fleeing to England and Ireland without delay
Act 2, scene 4 -- @lorindaswanrad
Old Man. Gods benison
go with you; and with those that would make good of bad, and friends of foes!
Act 3, Scene 1 -- @artsboston

Interesting..Macbeth is
now king? Probably just a coincidence #WitchesBeCrazy #WaitingOutTheProphecy
everyone because we don't want to seem rude! #SecretlyDontWantBanquoToShowUp
Terrified of Banquo, but
Macbeth will NOT lose the crown! Perhaps if we off him everything will be
Public Enemy #1=Banquo.
Bounty on his head, Dead or Alive. Well, not really alive.
Oh, and his son too
Act 3, scene 2 -- @KatieMac_
Banquo to return later, Macbeth must hide his anxiety over what he has done.
When Lady Macbeth tries to comfort him by saying that Banquo and Fleance can’t
live forever, he tells his wife that before the night is done, another bad deed
will be committed.
Act 3, scene 3 --  @KatieMac_

3 murderers wait outside to attack Banquo and Fleance when they arrive, under 
Macbeth’s orders. They succeed in killing Banquo, but his son escapes.
Act 3, scene 4 -- Brian Dudley (hopefully a twitter convert!)

A feast for Macbeth begins, and news from from the murderers: Banquo’s dead!
But his son has escaped, which doesn’t exactly thrill Macbeth.

Banquo's ghost appears, invisible to all but Macbeth. Without a word, he unnerves
the new king in front of the entire court.

Lady Macbeth ends to the feast, making feeble excuses for her husband's erratic
behavior. They say blood will have blood,” Macbeth laments.

Macbeth fumes; he's learned that Macduff plans to stay away from the court,
which is about two steps away from straight-up treason.

Macbeth vows to return to see the witches & affirms that he’s passed the
point of no return. He will do anything it takes to keep the throne.

Act 3, Scene 5 -- @ Chelseamlewis
The three witches greet
their boss Hecate, who is none too pleased with her minions’ extracurricular
meetings. #doubledoubletheyreintrouble
Hecate berates the trio of
hags for revealing Macbeth’s future without inviting her.  #itslonelyatthetop #management101
She bids them meet her at
the pit of Acheron at dawn where Macbeth will be to learn his destiny.
Hecate is confident that
Macbeth will be cocky enough to think he can scorn wisdom, grace and fear AND
cheat death. #sillyscotsman
Act 3, scene 6 -- @joabanana

Lennox gossips with a fellow Lord about the murders at hand, as a hairdresser would with his client. Lennox #wasn'tbornyesterday.
He knows that Macbeth is guilty. Lord tells Lennox that Macbeth has called out Macduff to return to Scotland and fight. #stepup3:thestreets
Macduff refuses. #talktothehand 
Act 4, scene 1 -- @benhenry
Top 3 Reasons 3 #Witches are ready to do some
serious damage: brinded cat; tiny whiny hedge-pig; loudmouth Harpier yelling
Let's Get This Hell-Broth A'Boilin:
#poisonedentrails, #filletoffennysnake, #eyeofnewt and #toeoffrog, #addersfork,
The charm's almost ready, but first: Double, double
toil and trouble/Fire burn and cauldron bubble! Now, anyone seen my
OMG #macbeth, we know you just want your money's
worth, but yur kind of a downer; quit h8ing on the midnight hags. They'll help
you, jerk.
1st ghost: beware macduff. beware the thane of
fife. macbeth: ok, got it. 2nd ghost: Be violent, bold, & firm. macbeth:
awesome; thanks.
2nd ghost, cont'd: yur not gonna be off'd by a
child born of woman. Macbeth: totally taking macduff outta the hate pit; luv
that guy.
3rd ghost: Be lion-mettled and take no care/Who
chafes, who frets, or where conspirers are. Tweeps gotta unite to untie
#macbeth's knot.
macbeth: never gonna happen. This king ain't
leaving the bldg. Another question: You think Banquo’s sons ever gonna reign in
this kingdom?
Witches: Seek to know no more. macbeth: Seriously?
Who died and made you #hecate? Witches: Fine. [8 kings process, lastly Ghost of
macbeth: Horrible sight! Now I see ’tis true; For
the blood-boltered Banquo smiles upon me. Witches: jeez, don't stress it
[Witches vanish]
You calling me crazy? Infected be the air whereon
they ride! RT @NobleLennox LOL RT @MacBeth Lennox,
those #witches with you?
LMFAO ROFL - Time, thou anticipat’st my dread
exploits. RT @NobleLennox my boys heard #macduff cut out for england
No kidding: the castle of #macduff I will
surprise/and give his wife, his babes, and all unfortunate souls the ol'
heave-ho. [Exeunt.]
Act 4, scene 2 -- @palmbeachopera

What's the deal with
Macduff fleeing his family, titles, and mansion? 
It there method to his
madness?  There must be because he is wise.
A messenger arrives with
an ominous warning that danger will befall Lady Macduff.
"Whither should I
fly?"  Indeed because murderers are after you!
After killing Lady
Macduff's son she does flee with the murderers chasing after.
Act 4, scene 3 -- @OPERAAmerica
Outside King Edward’s palace in England, Malcolm & Macduff talk
about stuff. 
Malcolm doesn’t really trust Macduff, since he left his family in Scotland. Could
he be on Macbeth’s side?!
To test his loyalty, Malcolm punks Macduff by claiming 2 be REALLY
immoral. (how was that supposed to work?)
Macduff gets mad at Malcolm and passes the test, yay!
Ross comes down from Scotland, tells Macduff that his
wife & kids are doing great. Wait, did I say great? Sorry, I meant killed.
By Macbeth.
Malcolm: You know, I really don’t like Macbeth. Macduff: Me either.
Ross: Me either. All: let’s go kill the jerk. 
Act V, scene 1: -- Katarina Holmgren (hopefully a twitter convert!)
Zzzzzzzz the doctor
and gentlewoman must be getting sleepy! 
They have stayed up for two nights and still not seen anything unusual.
With a light, Lady
Macbeth ambles in.  As she sleepwalks,
her eyes are open but she sees not a thing. 
Her hands she begins to wring.
Lady Macbeth’s hands
are permanently stained with guilt.  No
matter how much she rubs them, the blood will not go away.
“Out, damned
spot!  Out, I say!”  Clearly, Lady Macbeth has reached madness
this day!
The doctor believes
Lady Macbeth needs not him, but influence from the divine.  What will happen to her, will everything turn
out fine? 
Act 5, scene
2 -- @fignaz

As the forces from England
near Birnam Wood, the thanes march to meet them & wonder whether guilt has
finally driven Macbeth mad.
Act 5,
scene 3 -- @khemingway

macB goes over all the silly things those
sisters told him. a servant comes in and says 10K soldiers — not @angrybirds —
macB is like "what soldiers" and
the servant's like "the english army" and then macB is all "dude
go away" #denialisnotariverinegypt
macB, in full drama queen mode, calls
seyton. he tells macB that the rumors are true and they will be under attack
shortly. #itsatrap
macB asks the doctor about his wife,
#crazyface. he says she's not sick, just nuts. macB says to cure her. doc says
macB gets up on his soapbox again asking
the doc to cure his country of the english. he could use an #itgetsbetter video.
macB asks for his armor and says thx to the
doc. the doc's like "wouldn't come back here for a million bucks."
Act 5, Scene 4 -- @artsboston
Lock up your daughters.
Rumors are there are men in the woods!
I could swear the trees
have human legs… #CuriousSitingsInBurnamWood
Hey Macbeth – looks like
your reign is almost over! #RallyThePeople
We've given peace a
chance…but now it's time for violence! #DownWithMacbeth
Act 5, scene 5 -- @KatieMac_

McB & his
soldiers hear a woman’s screams. Learns of wife’s death & doesn’t appear
upset. Gets more startled when he learns of an approaching attack in the woods.
Act 5, scene 6  -- @KatieMac_

Siward & McD prepare for battle against McB.
Act 5, scene
7 -- @fignaz
Like a bear tied to a stake, Macbeth
must fight. He slays Young Siward, mocks such rash valor from "one of
woman born" & exits.  
Enter MacDuff intent on revenge. He
vows to kill no one but Macbeth. Exits toward the sound of battle & his
Enter Malcom & Old Siward.
Dunsinane has fallen & they go to enter the castle.
Act 5, scene 8 -- @opusaffair

Ohai, Macbeth, your buddy
MacD wants to kill you. Lucky you've got a charmed life & can't be killed
by...wait, how was MacD born? Oh noes...
Oldschool duel time:
revenge of Macduff. What's up with Shakespeare taking the fight offstage? No
good combat choreographers around? *sigh*
Malcolm comes back, bummed
out over all the death. No sign of MacD & MacB. Oh, look, here comes MacD
with something in his hands...
What to get a new king for
his about the head of his rival? Tres chic. Hail, Malcolm,
King of Scotland. Let's party. Fin.

Topics: twitter, macbeth, macbeth twitter initiative, summer 2011

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