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All-Female Measure for Measure
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 20.0494  Monday, 21 September 2009

From:       Eric Johnson-DeBaufre <
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Date:       Monday, 21 Sep 2009 10:05:34 -0400
Subject:    All-Female Measure for Measure

Dear fellow Shakespeareans,

For those of you who will be in or near Washington, D.C., until October 
10th, I highly recommend taking the time to see the Taffety Punk Theatre 
Company's all-female staging of _Measure for Measure_. The decision to 
assign all the roles to women makes for a very layered experience of the 
play and activates interpretive possibilities that, in my experience, 
can be altogether absent, compromised, or less-convincing when performed 
by men. Although the idea of all-female Shakespeare might strike some as 
a gimmick, the performance, under the fine direction of Lise Bruneau (a 
RADA graduate), shows it to be an inspired idea. This was a genuinely 
provocative performance of Shakespeare, one that made me want to revisit 
and reread the play in light of the issues raised by the performance.

A description of the company, its mission, and biographies of its 
members can be found here.

The performance runs until October 10th and tickets can be purchased 
either in advance or for $10.00 at the door.

Eric Johnson-DeBaufre

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