Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 6, No. 0950. Thursday, 7 December 1995.
Date: Wednesday, 6 Dec 1995 11:26:46 EST
Subject: Rosaline emergency
I need your rapid assistance. In a quirk of the performing world, the Atlanta
Shakespeare Tavern has suddenly decided to scrap its January high-budget
musical retelling of the ODYSSEY and produce instead LOVE'S LABOURS LOST. I am
to play Rosaline, which is delightful, but I am used to researching for months
ahead of time, and now I have 6 days until the first rehearsal. Could you
please help me answer a few questions as well as direct me to good sources of
criticism about the play and Rosaline in particular?
1- Is Rosaline actually black or does she just have black hair and eyes?
Obviously, she is representative of the dark lady in the sonnets, but is it
more specific than that?
2-Is she an unattractive female? The "face full of O's" seems to suggest
3-Is she a wanton, or is it her coloring that makes Berowne assume so? Or is
that even an issue?
These are my most pressing questions. Please respond to me directly, or to the
list if you feel that I have raised anything pertinent. And thank you!
Agnes Scott College