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Title I was Cleopatra / Dennis Abrams.
Author Abrams, Dennis, 1960- author.
Publication Toronto : Groundwood Books, 2018.
Description 1 online resource
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Summary In Shakespeare's time, women were not allowed to appear on stage, and so female parts were played by boy actors. In I Was Cleopatra, readers meet John Rice - perhaps the most beautiful and acclaimed boy actor of them all. It is believed by many that John Rice originated the roles of Lady Macbeth, Cleopatra and Cordelia, and this fictional memoir explores his life both on and off the stage. With graceful prose and an encyclopedic knowledge of the period, Dennis Abrams invites readers to experience gender fluidity and sexuality through the fictional recollections of a fascinating historical figure as he reflects on his life in this "farewell" to his theatrical past. The story follows John from the age of thirteen, when he leaves his family in Reading to join the King's Men theater troupe in London as an apprentice boy actor. Over the course of the next few years, John eagerly hones the acting skills necessary to portray female roles. He memorizes lines, reads all the plays he can get his hands on, and works on imitating female gestures and mannerisms. He becomes a friend, and eventually a lover, of Alexander, a boy actor who is getting too old to play female roles. And he works closely with Shakespeare himself, who coaches him through the roles of Lady Macbeth and Cleopatra, among others. But around the time he turns sixteen, John starts to worry about inevitably becoming too old to convincingly portray women onstage, which leads to some unsettling choices.
Audience 12 years and up.
Note Title from resource description page (Recorded Books, viewed April 02, 2018).
Subject Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 -- Characters -- Women -- Juvenile fiction.
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 -- Characters -- Heroines -- Juvenile fiction.
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616. (OCoLC)fst00029048
YOUNG ADULT FICTION -- Biographical.
Child actors -- England -- History -- 17th century -- Juvenile fiction.
Female impersonators -- England -- Juvenile fiction.
Theater -- England -- History -- 17th century -- Juvenile fiction.
Child actors. (OCoLC)fst00854279
Female impersonators. (OCoLC)fst00922621
Heroines in literature. (OCoLC)fst00955621
Theater. (OCoLC)fst01149217
Women in literature. (OCoLC)fst01177912
England. (OCoLC)fst01219920
1600-1699
Genre Electronic books.
Fiction. (OCoLC)fst01423787
History. (OCoLC)fst01411628
Juvenile works. (OCoLC)fst01411637
Addl. Author OverDrive, Inc., distributor.
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