The Loves of Shakespeare's Women
Here are the famous speeches from Juliet--Come, night! Come, Romeo!--and from Portia--The quality of mercy...--but also less familiar ones from Viola, Hermia, Isabella and Cressida. These younger characters make up the first half of the book, while the second half is devoted to maturer women like Lady Macbeth--How tender 'tis to love the babe that milks me--Gertrude, Mistress Quickly, Cleopatra and Queen Katherine.
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I had no director , no music , no lights , and a scarily short time to find them or learn my text . I said yes . From early on , my cartoonist friend Richard Willson had been a patient and generous sounding - board , turning up odd ...
The programme of the current play , Ring Round the Moon , could be ' slipped ' , she said ; it was short notice of course , but might garner a small , nonpaying audience . And there was just time before I left for Hungary .
I threw preconceptions to the wind , and myself into the short , extraordinary joy of working with these two Hungarians . Laszlo wanted me to abandon the lectern altogether . “ Too formal , ' he insisted . “ This is a private evening ...
... where I could set my ' safety - blanket , the script , stage right . Laszlo had definite ideas on the characters of the women , most of which fortunately accorded with mine and Boney's . Time was short and he suggested only two ...
Carried that away , and the absolute certainty that I must create a short , one - hour version of my show if I wanted to travel my Shakespeare women . > Laszlo , who had viewed the Georgian adventure with scepticism 22.
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