The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.1672 Monday, 22 July 2002
Date: Friday, 19 Jul 2002 10:19:27 -0700
Subject: All-Male Shrew
I'm posting this message for Stephanie Shine, artistic director of
Seattle Shakespeare Company <http://seattleshakes.org>. She's staging an
all-male Shrew in t
I've explained to her how the boy system worked in S.'s day (female
leads played by late-teen boys with years of resident apprenticeship,
who were probably less physically developed than late teens today), and
how we can't hope to re-create it. But I didn't have much input on how
to address the contemporary situation.
Advice welcome both in general, and particular relating to Shrew.
How does/can an all-male production illuminate the text?
What are the pitfalls?
What works better? Worse?
Is the audience able to forget that they're watching adult males playing
females--suspend their disbelief?
If not, how does/can that inform the play?
Feel free to answer other questions that you think would help her.
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