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Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Dr. Alice Dailey at the Blackfriars Conference

Over the Halloween weekend, Dr. Alice Dailey attended the bi-annual Blackfriars Conference at the American Shakespeare Center in Staunton, VA, where she saw five stage productions, attended workshops and lectures, and gave a paper on theatrical representations of English war heroes titled “I See Dead People: 2 Henry IV and the Corpse of History.”  On Halloween night, the ASC held a Masquerade Ball at which conference participants were dressed as Shakespeare characters.  Dr. Dailey went as Hecate, the goddess of witchcraft who makes a brief appearance in Macbeth.

Dr. Dailey and Rene Thornton, Jr., a lead actor at the American Shakespeare Center.
Dr. Dailey’s handmade Hecate props.  From left to right: tongue of dog, owlet’s wing, and oil of adder.  The labels are written in the Theban Alphabet, a 16th-century alphabet associated with witchcraft.