Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Role Reversals

But, soft! what light through yonder window breaks?
It is the east, and Juliet is the sun.
Romeo and Juliet Act II, Scene II

Worldwide there are all-female Shakespeare companies, for obvious reasons.

Be it the Bard or David Mamet, there simply are not enough roles for actors of the distaff variety. According to a study carried out by USC's Annenberg School for Communication, male roles in movies outnumber female roles three to one.

So, if women want to tackle Richard III, humpback and all, or Julius Caesar, stabbed to bits and all...I say go for it, because apparently in the 447 years since Shakespeare's birth, not enough has changed when it comes to the amount of female characters.

The Bushwick Shakespeare Repertory

Just ask our cat, a girl who has a crush on the boy next door and decided to try a classical approach by taking on the role of Romeo.:

I want to be in Shakespeare Club because I want to be a good actor. My goal is to know more facts about Shakespear. I learned some parts of a dance. India makes more movies than L.A. He dies when he was 52. I would be angry if I had to stay in the house. If I was a groundling I would be respectful because they were nice to let us in. They could make it harder to get in so they are lucky to see some plays.
—Natalie, 5th grade

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