Shakespeare’s plays conjure up the mental image of a person holding a skull and uttering the simple question “to be or not to be?” But those two things don’t even occur at the same time in Hamlet. Our historic memory lumps them together though. When you think of Shakespeare, you immediately associate him with that phrase and that skull.
I had the pleasure of seeing Phyllida Lloyd’s version of Taming of the Shrew at the Delacorte Theater while in New York City. The show featured an all-female cast who were full of energy and lit up the stage with this fiery piece. The cast and Lloyd fight at every turn against the simplification of women (or people) who are boxed in by an environment wanting them to conform to heavily gendered qualities.