Love’s Queer Labors

Director: Neal Barber

The following was provided in Neal’s proposal to direct this production in 2005:

“I am proposing to direct excerpts from Shakespearean plays. I plan to use both dialogue and monologues from Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Hamlet, Macbeth, Twelfth Night, and Shakespeare’s Sonnets. The pieces chosen will focus on the theme of love, typically homosexual love, and how love helps us to navigate the world, while sometimes alienating us from the world. The production will require up to 14 actors (6 females and 8 males), but some parts may be doubled, once the script is finalised. I do not foresee problems with casting, since I have willing actors wishing to participate form my contacts within Shakespeare on the Lawn, and the Queer Student Union.

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I am hoping to put this production on during Proud to be Out Week, around the middle of next semester. I feel this show will help advertise queer sexualities to a wider audience, thereby increasing the university’s diversity, while making people realise that queer relationships are a fact of life. While the play will focus on queer relationships, I also plan to include portrayals of heterosexual relationships; I will not be focussing on queer relationships to the exclusion of the rest of the world.

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I would love the chance to direct my own selection of Shakespeare, since not only would I get a lot out of the experience, but I believe the audience will get the chance to see something that is not usually produced: queer theatre.”


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