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UP FOR DISCUSSION READ BRING THE STORIES TO LIFE WHO WROTE IT BEST?


Many of the events and characters in Scotland, PA line up with William Shakespeare’s Macbeth. Read Macbeth and check out the “Charting the Origins of Scotland, PA” on page12 of this guide. • Which characters do you feel changed the most between Macbeth and Scotland, PA? • What motivated the characters of Mac and Macbeth in each story? • How are the roles of the Witches and the Stoners similar? How are they different?


Many of Shakespeare’s plays have been adapted to film. Some of them remain true to what Shakespeare wrote, like The Tragedy of Romeo & Juliet (2013), while others keep the words but change the setting, like Romeo + Juliet (1996). Still others, such as Private Romeo (2011) or Romeo Must Die (2000), abandon Shakespeare’s text entirely and are inspired to write new stories using the play as the skeleton for the plot.


After watching one of the movie adaptations, pick your favorite scene and try to find its corresponding scene in Romeo and Juliet. • How similar was your favorite scene to what Shakespeare wrote on the page? • Why might the film creators have chosen to do this scene in this way? • With a few friends, take the script from your favorite scene and use your phone camera to film it your own way. In what time period will you set the scene? How will you change the characters? Will you stick to Shakespeare’s words or write some of your own? • Post your video and use the hashtag #rtcUpstage


Writer’s block keeping you from dropping your next hit? Practice adapting lyrics from poetry for some inspiration. Try setting the following monologue from Macbeth or your favorite poem to a beat or tune, or see if you can rearrange the words to fit a familiar melody.


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FIND INSPIRATION FROM POETRY


Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow, Creeps in this petty pace from day to day, To the last syllable of recorded time; And all our yesterdays have lighted fools The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle!


20 ROUNDABOUT THEATRE COMPANY


Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player, That struts and frets his hour upon the stage, And then is heard no more. It is a tale Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, Signifying nothing.


Leslie Howard and Norma Shearer in


Romeo and Juliet (1936) Folger Shakespeare Library Digital Image Collection


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