A Minneapolis theater is taking on William Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” beginning this weekend. The Mixed Blood Theatre’s version is cast entirely with Asian American actors, and several of the leading male characters are played by women.
When tackling a well-known piece of theater there are two paths to take: stay true to the original work as much as possible or add in a twist. Both paths offer challenges to directors and actors, and both open the performance up to criticism for either not living up to previous performances or for missing the mark with the new artistic choice.
Minnesota playwright Jeffrey Hatcher is taking his one-man show about his childhood experience staging Hamlet on the road this month. “Jeffrey Hatcher’s Hamlet” will travel to seven Minnesota communities. Hatcher was 11 when he adapted, directed and performed in Shakespeare’s drama “Hamlet” for a fifth-grade English class in Steubenville, Ohio.
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For those that have seen Shakespeare plays before or those looking to experience them for the first time, one thing’s guaranteed: You’ve never seen Shakespeare like this.
Shakespeare probably never envisioned this — a woman playing Romeo as a woman in a Minneapolis theater production. Theatre Coup d’Etat plans to present “Romeo and Juliet” next month, with the love-stricken male Romeo played by a woman as a woman.
Young people have a chance to see a special performance of Shakespeare’s “The Winter’s Tale” at the Guthrie Theater on Sunday.