Update: This event has been cancelled due to weather-related travel issues. The UNC Charlotte Department of Theatre and the Shakespeare in Action Center will present Andrew Hartley and David Hewson, co-authors of Macbeth: A Novel, in an evening of readings and conversation on November 2nd, 2012, at 7:30pm in Rowe Recital Hall. The event is free and open to the public. Rowe is on the main campus of UNCC. If you’re not familiar with the campus, this map will help.
Here is some more information, from the event’s webpage, about the novel and the event:
Released in the summer of 2011 as an Audiobook read by actor Alan Cumming and in print the following spring, Macbeth: A Novel has been praised as “a fully realized novel, lush in tone and language, rich in imagery” (Kindlepost Review) and “an exceptional adaptation of a classic work of literature” (Booklist). Hartley, the Robinson Distinguished Professor of Shakespeare at UNC Charlotte, and Hewson developed the idea for the adaptation while both attending the International Thriller Writers conference in New York (both are successful novelists in the mystery/thriller genre). Hartley calls the novel a “contemporary thriller.”
“David and I found a story of patriotism and duty, ambition, lust, fear and a maelstrom of human feeling as rich and savage as the landscape on which it takes place. It’s not a ‘translation’ of the play, but a reimagining of it, fully fleshed out and exploring all a modern novel can do that works less well on stage – landscape, large scale battles etc., – tweaking the story so that it’s recognizable but still, we hope, fresh and edgy with plenty of surprises even for those who know the play well.”
The evening will include dramatic readings from the novel, a discussion of the collaborative adaptation process, and a question and answer session.