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Re: The Tempest at the University of Cincinnati
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.2539  Monday, 5 November 2001

From:           Billy Houck <
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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
Cincinnati

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.

Billy Houck

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