365 Days of Shakespeare

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239. Behind the covets

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I just realized I didn’t really explain why I was coveting particular roles rather than other ones in my last entry, so perhaps I ought to delve a little deeper. Here is a brief explanation as to why I would want the roles I so badly want:

Helena in All’s Well: She is just an all-around great female role with a lot of strength and ability. She is quite complex to me and I would be curious to see if there is even more to her.

Rosalind or Celia in As You Like It: There really isn’t a bad role in AYLI. Rosalind, of course, gets to be the lead and is generally delightful, but Celia is a fantastic sidekick, too.

Either of the Dromios in The Comedy of Errors: Because I want ‘Rick Gray to direct Alex Wiles and I as twins.

Katharine in Love’s Labour’s Lost: I think LLL gets a bad rap, possibly because it is easily the weirdest thing Kenneth Branagh has directed to date. I’d like to play around with it and see if it can be as cute as I think it could be.

Isabella in Measure for Measure: When we read this in my sophomore year Shakespeare class, my teacher really delved deep into Isabella’s character. As he put it, “I’m a little bit in love with Isabella.”

Nerissa in The Merchant of Venice: I adore Portia of course, and  Jessica is an interesting role too, but I have this penchant for playing the best friend.

Any of The Merry Wives of Windsor: It’s hard to choose since they are all great fun!

Snug, Titania, or Hermia in A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Stacie made Snug the Joiner a sweet-natured foreign exchange student from some mysterious Eastern European country and really brought something fresh and new to the Mechanicals – no easy task – which makes me want to give it ago and/or blatantly steal her idea just so I can do that accent the entire time. I played Titania in high school, but this was still when I was in my most awkward phase, so I’d love to try it again when I have a slightly better handle on “sexy”. And Hermia, well, Hermia is just plain fun. She gets to be both Disney princess and catty Plastic.

Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing: I find this role quite a challenge and I am simply curious if I could pull it off.

Biondello or Bianca in The Taming of the Shrew: Good clean fun, with less of the pressure.

Ariel in The Tempest: I’m not quite right for Puck, but I’d really like to play a magical non-human all the same.

Viola in Twelfth Night: I’d like to flex my cross-dressing muscles.

Either of the Two Gentlemen of Verona: More of the same – wanting to play a male character since (in my opinion) they are far more interesting than the women in this script.

Hermione in The Winter’s Tale: Awesome speeches. Need I say more?

Either of the sons or Imogen in Cymbeline: Imogen is an opportunity for both ingenue and a little comedy, and I think the sons could be a lot of fun if paired with the right brother.

Hostess Quickly in Henry IV (I and II): Good, clean fun.

Katharine or Fluellen in Henry V: I speak French and I want to be Bob Jones when I grow up.

Joan la Pucelle in Henry VI, Part I: She’s Joan of Arc. Of course I want to play  her.

Queen Margaret in Henry VI, Part II: I don’t give off the “queen” vibe too well, so it would be a challenge to play regal.

Richard III in Henry VI, Part III: I’d like to see if I can make him as creepy and cunning in this play as he is in his self-titled one.

Anne Bullen in Henry VIII: She is just such a fascinating historical character that I would love to try and bring her to life.

Blanche in King John: For the opportunity to wear awesome Spanish costumes.

Thaisa in Pericles: Mainly just because Pericles is underproduced. I think there is a lot of potential there.

Henry IV in Richard II: I just have this thing about playing characters in one play that have their own play, too. I’m curious about the continuity.

Anne, Margaret, or Elizabeth in Richard III: Shakespeare has some weird love of having three wailing queens. To be any would be a challenge. Anne, of course, has the amazing scene with Richard III where he woos her over her husband’s corpse. Margaret gets to be crazy (and crazy awesome) throughout. And Elizabeth has amazing strength – I recently saw a high schooler play her and give a stunning performance.

Cleopatra in Antony and Cleopatra: Can you blame me?

Volumnia in Coriolanus: I really dislike this play, so I’d like to force myself to at least try. Maybe it’s different when you’re in it.

Horatio in Hamlet: It has been my dream role, possibly above all others in Shakespeare, since I was a little girl. I also support a female Horatio because I think it is important to see that Hamlet can actually function around women – but I’ll go into that another time.

Brutus in Julius Caesar: Like I said yesterday: best betrayal ever. Sometimes it’s so good to be bad.

Cordelia in King Lear: To prove she’s not the innocent goody two-shoes everyone seems to think she is.

Young Siward in Macbeth: Do I want to have a little Friday the 13th moment, a la Slings and Arrows? Perhaps. But also, I just think Young Siward gets a cool few lines and a fun fight opportunity.

Emilia in Othello: She’s possibly the most hardcore character Shakespeare has. A woman who stands up to her husband and accuses him of murder even after being stabbed? She’s tougher than any of those manly soldiers in the history plays.

Juliet in Romeo and Juliet: I’m a bit of a sucker for title roles every now and then. This is one of those times.

The Fool in Timon of Athens: I’d like to play a Fool at least once, and since not a lot of people know Timon of Athens, I’ll be able to put my own spin on the role without the pressure to copy other performances.

Lavinia or Tamora in Titus Andronicus: They seem like perfect opposites. Lavinia, the innocent victim, and Tamora, the evil queen. Either would open so many doors for acting opportunity.

Cressida in Troilus and Cressida: Same reason I’d want to be in Coriolanus. I don’t particularly care for this play, but I’m interested in seeing if my mind would change after being in it.


Written by Caroline Mincks

May 28, 2010 at 9:49 PM

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