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All-Female Cast Tackles Shakespeare

<B>Shakepeare's</B> greatest plays may be all about men, but that's not stopping an all-female cast from tackling them, starting with the bloody
tragedy, <I>Titus Andronicus.</I>

Shakepeare's greatest plays may be all about men, but that's not stopping an all-female cast from tackling them, starting with the bloody tragedy, Titus Andronicus.

Thursday, July 15, 2010 1:00 GMT

NEW YORK (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – In William Shakespeare’s original company, all of the actors were men, but now, an all-female cast is turning the tide.

The Manhattan Shakespeare Project is a ladies only crew that produces and performs Shakespeare plays intended for male actors.

Artistic Director Sarah Eismann says the ladies’ club aims to give women an opportunity to tackle the best roles ever written for the stage, including Hamlet, King Lear, and Julius Caesar.

Although Shakespeare only let men and young boys act in his plays, Eismann thinks he’d approve of the daring gender switcheroo.

The actresses work hard to make their manly interpretation authentic, wearing special costumes that straighten out their curves.

The also make their voices deeper and take workshops on “what it’s like to have a penis” so they can walk the walk.

Their inaugural production – Shakespeare’s bloodiest tragedy, Titus Andronicus – will be performed for free this weekend (Jul. 17-18) at New York’s Central Park.

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