Dec. 29th, 2006

ceebeegee: (Beyond Poetry)
I have wanted to do this play for a while, but have hesitated because there are so few juicy roles for women--the Nurse and Juliet, and that's pretty much it. (Another reason is that you need a SET for R&J, you really can't do it outside.) I always thought, if Holla Holla did do it, I would cast Mercutio as a woman, perhaps in love with Romeo which would shed some light on Mercutio's later actions. But looking through the character list, I might be able to convert some other roles:

Prince Escalus: Prince of Verona--could easily be a Princess.

Benvolio: Cousin of Romeo--I can't remember much about what he does, but could this be cast as a woman?

The Chorus--definitely.

I don't want to mix it up too much, because with R&J I feel there's a lot of testosterone in it--that the feud is so senselessly murderous that on some level it's a dick-measuring contest. So I don't want to cross-cast Tybalt or Paris or the servants who mix it up at the beginning.

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