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Shakespeare's Three Marys


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Slides from production by the Dark lady Players in September 2009 of Shakespeare's Three Marys

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Shakespeare's Three Marys

  1. 1. SHAKESPEARE’S THREE MARYS By the Dark Lady Players September 2009
  2. 2. About this production <ul><li>This unique production interspersed scenes of the Virgin Mary characters (Juliet, Ophelia and Desdemona) with their parallel characters in the York mystery plays </li></ul><ul><li>The objective was to show how the Shakespearean heroines are parodies of the Virgin Mary </li></ul>
  3. 3. 1. Romeo &Juliet: the Annunciation/Nurse’s Scene
  4. 4. Romeo & Juliet; Lady Capulet and Nurse Angelica say it is time for Juliet to get Mary-ed
  5. 5. Romeo & Juliet; Nurse has referred to Susan(nah), meaning a Lilly the symbol of the annunciation
  6. 6. 2. Hamlet ; In the York Mystery plays, Mary is sewing in her closet
  7. 7. Joseph addresses Mary (from the York Mystery plays)
  8. 8. Hamlet, an allegory for the sun god Helios, has made Ophelia pregnant through his light
  9. 9. Pregnant Virgin Mary watches Ophelia, no longer pregnant, holding her abortive flowers
  10. 10. Ophelia distributes her abortive flowers
  11. 11. Ophelia offers Mary a piece of Rose-mary, to wear with a difference
  12. 12. Mary and her Lilly ascend to Heaven; In parallel Ophelia is abut to fall off the tree
  13. 13. Virgin Mary with the Lilly
  14. 14. 3. Othello; Desdemona with Othello in the background
  15. 15. Death of Desdemona like a Christ figure
  16. 16. Photos © John Watts