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Playing Shakespeare’s Lovers

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Edited By Louis Fantasia

Playing Shakespeare’s Lovers examines Shakespeare’s romantic characters from multiple perspectives. Contributing actors, directors, educators and scholars bring diverse and wide-ranging insights into the motives, context, history and challenges of performing Shakespeare’s "infinite variety" of lovers. The volume begins with an introductory essay, followed by brief essays and interviews, on various characters within the world of Shakespeare’s lovers.

Louis Fantasia: Introduction: Playing Shakespeare’s Lovers: "I know thou wilt say ‘aye’…" – Ellen Geer: All the Loves of a Dream One Midsummer’s Night – Charles Duff: Bassanio, or How a Hustler Falls in Love – Cindy Gold: Gender Flipping Shrew: Remedy or Band Aid? – Susan Gayle Todd: Caliban in Love – Baron Kelly: Othello: In the Age of Black Lives Matter and DACA – Manon Spadaro/Members of the Chicago Youth Shakespeare Ensemble: Roundtable: Playing at Love in the Age of Tinder – Jonathan Litten: Jaques: Shadow and Serpent – Allison DeLauer: What’s Love Got to Do with It? (It’s Complicated) – Louis Fantasia: Speak Low—Shakespeare’s Language of Love – Contributors.