Shakespeare in the Park to offer all-female ‘Shrew,’ plus ‘Troilus and Cressida’

Same-sex casts are nothing new. As we know, it was the norm during Elizabethan times. But do I spy a contemporary trend?

Two River Theater in Red Bank, NJ, staged a superb all-male “Something Funny Happened on the Way to the Forum” earlier this season and plans to end it with an all-female “I Remember Mama.”

Image of Shakespeare in the Park performance.
Shakespeare in the Park performances have been an annual event since 1962.

And speaking of Shakespeare, The Public Theater just announced its Central Park summer plans include an all-female “The Taming of the Shrew” featuring Cush Jumbo (don’t you just love that name!) and Janet McTeer, as  Katherina and  Petruchio, respectively (but you knew that, right?)

I wonder if we will be seeing many more same-sex productions as the world celebrates the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth this year.

British director Phyllida Lloyd, who will direct “Shrew” has found success with this model with an all-women“Julius Caesar” and the “Henry IV.”

Daniel Sullivan will direct the second summer offering, the rarely performed “Troilus and Cressida.”

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