February 13, 2006 | The Kaye Playhouse

Boys Will Be Girls
Cross-dressing in Shakespeare

Boys Will Be Girls will be an irreverent examination of cross-dressing and sexual role-playing in Shakespeare featuring Tony Award winner Jefferson Mays (I Am My Own Wife), Academy Award nominee David Strathairn (Edward R. Murrow in Good Night, and Good Luck), Michael Cumpsty (The Constant Wife), and Hamish Linklater. We will look at the ways single-sex casting informs our understanding of how Shakespeare and his actors originally attempted to portray, understand, and invent what it means to be a woman. Watch a male Lady Macbeth as she unsexes; watch a man play a woman playing a man as Rosalind lets Orlando know what women want; and in a contemporary twist, watch members of The Queen’s Company (“All female! All the time! No apologies!”) in highlights from their acclaimed all-women 2005 production of The Taming of the Shrew. With commentary by Dympna Callaghan, Syracuse University professor and author of Shakespeare Without Women.

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April 23, 2006
A four-hour marathon in celebration of Shakespeare’s 442nd birthday at Symphony Space, 95th and Broadway.

June 5, 2006
What makes a genius? Three great thinkers address the size, scope, and enduring mystery of Shakespeare’s accomplishment. Three personal views of a singular man, with the Bard’s words performed by well-known actors.
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