The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.1339  Sunday, 3 June 2001

From:           Edward Pixley <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Friday, 01 Jun 2001 20:28:54 -0400
Subject: 12.1289 Re: Colorblindness
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.1289 Re: Colorblindness

>So, if anyone has lasted this long - I wonder if anyone has seen a
>performance of Twelfth Night in which Sebastian was played by a female
>actor - if not, why not?
>David Lindley

Can't say that I have, but New York's Judith Shakespeare Company just
finished a run of The Tempest with a female Sebastian, as well as a
female Prospero and Trinculo--with very good critical reception, I might
add.  Artistic Director Joanne Zipay is continuing her company's
commitment to exploring the potential for playing varieties of male
roles as female throughout the Shakespeare canon.  Titus Andronicus,
Comedy of Errors, Julius Ceasar, Macbeth, King John, and The Tempest are
among the plays her company has already produced, and this fall she is
planning to start on the entire sequence of History Plays, beginning
with Richard II.  Besides Zipay's exciting work with female casting,
color-blind casting is simply a matter of course in her company.  Get on
her mailing list:  P.O.  Box 60, Times Square Station, NY 10036.  I
don't have the company's e-mail address handy, but I would be happy to
share it with anyone interested.

Ed Pixley

P.S.  By the way, a lot has been made, and justly, of Denzel
Washington's performance as Don Pedro, but I hope that people also
remember his stage performance as Richard III with the New York
Shakespeare Festival a few years back, with Mary Alice's disarming Queen
Margaret.  And, while I'm on the subject, I have to mention James Earl
Jones' unforgettable King Lear at the same festival about twenty-five
years ago, with Raul Julia as the most memorable Edmund I have ever
seen.  I had the wit to videotape that production, but, unfortunately, I
have [illegally, I'm afraid] shown it to so many theatre appreciation
freshmen that the tape finally disintegrated.

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