“Shakespeare uses his ‘cross-dressing’ characters in The Merchant of Venice, As You Like It, and Twelfth Night to play with defiance of contemporary sex and gender roles. Portia, Rosalind, and Viola perform the role of men onstage while the roles themselves are being performed by a boy actor. These characters, coupled with the theatrical reality of the boy actor, represent an early formulation of an alternative to the stereotypical, hetero- and cissexist norms of sex and gender. However, the exciting, playful alternative they present must necessarily submit to its own self-imposed limitation of time.”
Sex, gender, theatre, and literature. Everything I love all wrapped up in one project. Let’s do this shit.