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Q: Changing the Gender of Shakespearean Characters
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 3, No. 246.  Sunday, 11 October 1992.
 
From: 		David Alan Grier <
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Date: 		Sunday, Oct. 11, 1992, 13:11:33 EDT
Subject:	[Query: Changing Gender of Shakespearean Characters]
 
A query:
 
    How common is it to change the gender of Shakepearean characters?  A friend
is producing *Hamlet* for the university.  In an attempt to find more roles for
women, he switched the genders of several characters.  As I'm not directly
involved, I'm not sure of all the switches, but Hamlet, Laertes and Polonius
are women and Ophelia is a man.  He approached it as a problem of casting the
leads.  He decided to match the best actors to the main parts, regardless of
gender, then adjust the remainder.  Any history or comments will be appreciated
 
 
David Grier
Director, University Honors Program
George Washington University
Assistant Professor, Computer and Information Systems
 

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