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New Orleans, Witches and the Bard, Oh My!

New Orleans Shakespeare Festival celebrates 17 years.


Guests sat spellbound watching The Weird Sisters cast their magic in Shakespeare’s Macbeth in Lupin Theatre on
June 26.

The opening night of the play was part of the 17th season of the New Orleans Shakespeare Festival at Tulane University, which ran from June 24 to 27, July 1 to 4 and July 8 to 11. Called “collaborative desire” by artistic directors Jim Fitzmorris and Ron Gural, the plays featured this season – Love’s Labor’s Lost and The Tempest and creations The Everlasting Bonfire and The Streetcar Project, as well as Macbeth – focus on themes of shared worlds and partnership.

Each play had a New Orleans spin; Macbeth’s was that it was set in the early 19th-century when New Orleans was at its height of prominence as a theater destination – complete with footlights.

After the play, guests headed over to the opening night’s gala, one of three galas that took place this season, in order to celebrate and to raise funds for the Fesitval, which was started in 1993.

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