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D. A. Hadfield and Jean Reynolds

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780813042435

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813042435.001.0001

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The Energy behind the Anomaly

The Energy behind the Anomaly

In Conversation with Jackie Maxwell

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Shaw and Feminisms

D. A. Hadfield

University Press of Florida

Since being named the first female artistic director of Canada's Shaw Festival, Jackie Maxwell has made a focus on women's voices a significant part of her mandate. Through her archaeological efforts, Maxwell has helped to recover many plays by women playwrights of Shaw's era, finding that Shaw's own female characters aren't necessarily diminished in this context but still demonstrate a remarkable complexity and insight. This complexity still presents both a welcome change and a challenge for contemporary actresses at the Shaw Festival, and Maxwell elaborates on how she has come to define the qualities of a good Shavian actor. Speaking with the practical insights of the artistic director, Maxwell talks about the challenges and rewards of producing Shaw's plays for contemporary audiences.

Keywords:   Bernard Shaw, Shaw Festival, Theater, Actresses, Githa Sowerby, The Stepmother, Candida, The Doctor's Dilemma, Mrs Warren's Profession

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