- She delivers Macbeth’s letter to Lady Macbeth, leaving it on the bathtub in their bedroom. She first claims it from the somewhat unwilling Porter in the hotel lobby. The letter sets Lady Macbeth’s machinations into motion.
- While Duncan is asleep in his bedroom, before he gets ready for the ball,…
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Excerpted from “Colliding Worlds: Shakespeare, Hitchcock and Punchdrunk; Directors’ Notes by Felix Barrett and Maxine Doyle” in the Program Notes to the American Repertory Theater’s production of Sleep No More in Brookline, Massachusetts:
“The young Mrs. De Winter from Hitchcock’s Rebecca is searching for her lost husband—Shakespeare’s Duncan—and is bullied by the Macbeth’s cruel housekeeper—Hitchcock’s Mrs. Danvers.”
At the McKittrick, who really is the Second Mrs. DeWinter?
Lady Macbeth acts like the First Mrs. DeWinter—her relationship with “Catherine Campbell” aka Mrs. Danvers is fawning, close.
Lady MacDuff acts like the Second—her relationship with Mrs. Danvers is pure torment.
Agnes Naismith quotes the Manderley speech—but what interactions with Mrs. Danvers does she have?
Symbols: Taxidermy and Charms
From Studio 360, June 10, 2011:
“Every single space has some sort of superstition within it. Either it’s something that’s preventative and it wards off evil and protects against witches, which means our Witches can’t actually enter. Or it’s something that’s a curse, a hex upon the space that’s sucking the darkness in.” —Felix Barrett
Rooms Witches Enter: Ballroom; Hotel Lobby; Speakeasy; Paisley Sweets; Agnes Naismith’s house; Replica Bar; the Crypt.
Rooms Not Entered By the Three Witches, But Entered By the “Magical”: MacDuff Apartments; Cemetery; Detective Agency
Rooms Not Entered By Witches Or the Definitely Magical: MacBeth Bedroom; Courtyard; the St. James Infirmary; the Woods
Today’s Theory: The presence of taxidermied mammals (is at least one way) of representing the hex.
Rooms with Taxidermy (either heads or whole mammals): Ballroom (in the box, a taxidermied fox(?)); Hotel Lobby (stag in dining room); Rep. Bar (a head over Hecate’s dining area); Taxidermist Shop (plenty); Paisley Sweets (mouse in teacup, thanks to Emma for spotting); St. James Infirmary’s Laundry Room (thanks to kathrynyu); Woods (goat in center, thanks to kathrynyu).
Problems with Theory: I don’t recall any taxidermy in the Speakeasy, and am not sure if there is any in the MacDuff apartments, Agnes Naismith’s rooms;
or Paisley Sweets. Taxidermy might be one form of curse, with other objects also symbolizing the “hex sucking the darkness in.”
The Bigger Question: What are the items that are actually warding off witches? Nothing seems to be working, there’s no place they don’t go …
The Littler Question: Is Mrs. Danvers Magical? Or Just Creepy?