The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 20.0494 Monday, 21 September 2009
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. http://www.taffetypunk.com/shows.html
The performance runs until October 10th and tickets can be purchased
either in advance or for $10.00 at the door.
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