"The Balcony Scene"
(Release date mid-November, 2020)
Director - Chris Steele
Project Manager - Ella Francis*
Production Manager - Pratiksha Shah
Curriculum Developer - Rebecca J. Ennals
Production Team - Christian Haines, Gabriella Howell, Brittany Mellerson
Performers - Bidalia Albanese, Ron Chapman, Danielle Ferrer, Akaina Ghosh*, Charlie Lavaroni, Carolina Morones, Joshua Waterstone
(*Resident Artist of SF Shakes)
This episode explores the role of gender in Shakespeare (and Romeo and Juliet specifically) by looking at the casting practices and gender assumptions of the 1590s until the present day. By questioning the heternormativity of 20th-century film versions of the play, often considered “traditional,” our three takes will look at how casting has changed over the centuries and highlight the role of gender-queerness in understanding the play and its language.
Between takes, our multi-gender, multi-racial team of artists will share the reasons behind their directing, acting, and design choices, offer personal stories about their connection to the play, and share their favorite lines from the scene.
The curriculum content will provide topics for discussion and written reflection such as: