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All-Male 'Romeo And Juliet' True To Bard's Time

Performing Arts

All-Male 'Romeo And Juliet' True To Bard's Time

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Shakespeare's plays were all-male affairs during his day. And that means Juliet — one of his greatest female leads — was originally performed by a boy. Washington, D.C.'s Shakespeare Theater Company is staging a new production of Romeo and Juliet with men playing every role.

Guests:

David Muse, associate artistic director of the Shakespeare Theater Company, director of Romeo and Juliet

James Davis, plays Juliet in the Shakespeare Theater Company's production of Romeo and Juliet