The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 20.0494  Monday, 21 September 2009

From:       Eric Johnson-DeBaufre <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
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.

Eric Johnson-DeBaufre

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