The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.2539 Monday, 5 November 2001
Date: Friday, 2 Nov 2001 10:02:38 EST
Subject: 12.2531 Re: The Tempest at the University of
Comment: Re: SHK 12.2531 Re: The Tempest at the University of
Add the PCPA Theaterfest to groups that presented a female Prospero in
the last year.
I would put forth that having an educational theatre use gender-blind
casting in order to afford the widest opportunities to the students at
hand is an altogether different thing from paid professionals (who
presumably have a much wider casting base) choosing to change the gender
of a role. The former is practicality. The later is a "statement."
For some unfathomable reason, the Globe's casting of Ms. Redgrave just
over a year ago has had a worldwide ripple effect.
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