The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 8.0654. Wednesday, 11 June 1997.
Date: Tuesday, 10 Jun 1997 17:12:53 -0400
Recently I saw the production of AYL by The Acting Company, directed by
Liviu Ciulei. It was a rather conservative production. But I did find
the relationship between Celia and Rosalind one of the best I have seen
in a long time. They were loving sisters, throwing arms around each
other, kissing, holding hands-but in an entirely non-sexual way. After
the excellent homoerotic interpretations-and then the less wonderful
copycat versions, this production's interpretation felt new again. In
general, I think Americans are suspicious of physical affection.
Celia was not at all upset by Rosalind's love antics, though she had to
shake her head about it all. Any homoerotic tension came from the
attraction Orlando felt for Ganymede. One thing that became
clear-without jealousy and anger to provide her with motivation, Celia
is left pretty much to be a mere bystander without much to do. So one
can see a reason for beefing up her part with a love interest in
Since The Acting Company, established by John Houseman, travels around
the country, they may be or may have been around your neighborhood.
Perhaps others have already seen it and would care to comment?
For info about their schedule, they probably can be reached at P. O. Box
898 Time Square Station, New York, NY 10108. Phone 212-564-3510 --though
their NYC gig is over.