... Fear, Panic, Terror -- how are they born? Where do they go -- passing away? [ 3 Gypsies ]
Throughout the play, the witches—referred to as the “weird sisters” by many of the characters—lurk like dark thoughts and unconscious temptations to evil. In part, the mischief they cause stems from their supernatural powers, but mainly it is the result of their understanding of the weaknesses of their specific interlocutors—they play upon Macbeth’s ambition like puppeteers.
The witches’ beards, bizarre potions, and rhymed speech make them seem slightly ridiculous, like caricatures of the supernatural. Shakespeare has them speak in rhyming couplets throughout (their most famous line is probably “Double, double, toil and trouble, / Fire burn and cauldron bubble” in IV.i.10–11), which separates them from the other characters, who mostly speak in blank verse. The witches’ words seem almost comical, like malevolent nursery rhymes. Despite the absurdity of their “eye of newt and toe of frog” recipes, however, they are clearly the most dangerous characters in the play, being both tremendously powerful and utterly wicked (IV.i.14). [ spark notes ]
... [W] The three Moirae were:
* Clotho (pronounced in English IPA: /ˈkloʊθoʊ]/, Greek Κλωθώ IPA: [klɔːˈtʰɔː] – "spinner") spun the thread of life from her distaff onto her spindle. Her Roman equivalent was Nona, (the 'Ninth'), who was originally a goddess called upon in the ninth month of pregnancy.
* Lachesis (/ˈlækəsɪs/, Greek Λάχεσις [ˈlɑkʰesis] – "allotter" or drawer of lots) measured the thread of life allotted to each person with her measuring rod. Her Roman equivalent was Decima (the 'Tenth').
* Atropos (/ˈætrəpɒs/, Greek Ἄτροπος [ˈɑtropos] – "inexorable" or "inevitable", literally "unturning", sometimes called Aisa) was the cutter of the thread of life. She chose the manner and timing of each person's death. When she cut the thread with "her abhorrèd shears", someone on Earth died. Her Roman equivalent was Morta ('Death').
What does she sing? Children songs.
Girl-Soul (Eve) -- what does she say?
Cesare's monologues? Poems?
... First time they miss each other [Cesare and Girl-soul], second -- Caligari prevents them from touch each other, third -- Cesare kidnaps the Girl (body).
... who? Woyzeck for Caligari:
two worlds : puppets and spirits -- they dance together!
3 Gypsies and their hand puppets
Costumes without Bodies
Dead mother (new character) comes -- Tricia: she accepts the son as he is... And the dead mother of the Girl (Jenna), both playing prostitutes!
Dr. Caligari, failed man = Mad Scientist
... Somnambulist = Everyman, images of us all! Where are you going, Adam?
Only a few do live their lives, the rest -- passing by, passing through...
The scene when Cesare and the Girl are to meet -- the chorus is frozen, they miss each other and town folks become alive again.
CHORUS : roles :
Policeman ... and his partner?
Beggar Sophi -- she, Cesare and Girl-soul are in the house at the end.
Ph.D, MD, the Girl's father, Priest
Alan -- profession?
Dead Mothers [shadows-ghosts figures]
What to work on for WEB-edition :
Sophi -- see dramaturgy notes.
1. Pedro -- Police chief 2. Ramiro - Girl's father 3. Sergio -- Caligari 4. Paul -- Cesare 5. Jenna -- second prostitute, girls' dead mother 6. Jey -- French Gypsy Jey [mortal sin/virtue] 7. Anna -- German Gypsy Ana 8. Rachel -- British Gypsy Rachel 9. Corbin -- Alan 10. Mary - Old Beggar Sophi 11. Sarah -- girl's soul Eve 12. Claire -- girl's body Olimpia 13. Tricia -- first prostitute, dead mother of Cesare 14. Second policeman -- Jules
characters and their STORIES!
"Write a show" -- and writing your character
... instructions for actors' homework!! AD & SM to test?
Cesare is not dramatic -- and he dies! ...
Cesare: Son is weak, sick, mediocre but father cannot accept it. Mother's ghost appears?
3 gypsies, three stories:Style ? Stage directing as if I was shooting a movie!
... Three guardian angels?
3 Sins, 3 Virtues
Somnambulist : Cesare
Sophi (Demetra?), Dead Mothers and Nona, Decima, Morta [http://www.ancientlibrary.com/smith-bio/2217.html]
Theatre UAF 2009 Caligari