Celebration Quotation – March 12, 2016

Today’s quote is from “The Scottish Play”:

"This castle hath a pleasant seat; the air nimbly and sweetly recommends itself unto our gentle senses." macbeth, Act I, Scene 6

The drawing is a costume rendering by artist/writer Cyril Walter Hodges (1909-2004).  Hodges was an award-winning Illustrator of children’s literature.  He was also a leading authority on Elizabethan theatre and Shakespeare’s Globe< he advocated for the reconstruction of the Globe in London, and even worked on designs for an American Globe in Detroit – a project that was, sadly, abandoned when the auto industry began to falter and funding could not be secured to bring the project to fruition.

Hodges was a wonderful advocate for the importance of theatre.  In his book Shakespeare’s Second Globe, he wrote, “One may say that the theatre as an institution is the pre-eminent arrangement whereby human beings work out the models of their own conduct, their morality and aspiration, their ideas of good and evil, and in general those fantasies about themselves and their fellows which, if persisted in, tend to eventually become facts in real life. If this is so, and it would be hard to deny, then the theatre must be seen as a most powerful instrument in the social history of mankind, and its own history must therefore be allowed a corresponding importance.” 

Amen to that!

Image Source: Folger Shakespeare Library Digital Image Collection