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Re: Capulets' Ages
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.0358  Wednesday 3 March 1999.

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        Date:   Tuesday, 2 Mar 1999 12:53:57 CST6CDT
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From:           Christine Mack Gordon <
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Date:           Tuesday, 2 Mar 1999 12:53:57 CST6CDT
Subject: 10.0347 Capulets' Ages
Comment:        Re: SHK 10.0347 Capulets' Ages

Thanks to Marilyn B. for her delineation of probable ages for character
in Romeo and Juliet. I did see a production in 1987 or so, in which all
the casting was atypical. Romeo and Juliet were in their late 30s-early
40s. Lady Capulet was in her 20s; Friar Lawrence was in his 20s. I
didn't find this disruptive at all; I thought having a young Friar
Lawrence worked especially well, since he clearly knew a lot about the
herbs he used, perhaps because he indulged in them himself. Though he
wasn't a "druggie," he did seem like a scientific experimenter. The
company was Theatre de la Jeune Lune here in Minneapolis, still extant
and doing fine work.

Chris Gordon

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Comment:        Re: SHK 10.0347 Capulets' Ages

Marilyn Bonomi wrote:

>Since Juliet will be 14 in "a fortnight and odd days" on July 31st
>("Lammas Eve at night shall she be fourteen") Lady Cap by HER count must
>be around 28.  However, give some exaggeration/preservation of youth
>motivation (she's certainly not happy being married to an old man) and
>"much upon these years" and we can place her anywhere from 28 to her
>early 30's.
(snip)
>Regarding the role of casting here:  I've never seen a production
>(professional, not student :) where Lady C was as young as she claims to
>be.

I agree!  I've always found her speech to Juliet about Paris ('this book
of love') to be some of the most romantic verse in the play.  Adding
that to her dissatisfaction at being married to an older man, I always
want to see a Lady C who is in love, or lust, with Paris.  My fantasy,
and I've never seen it in production.

Tonya
 

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