PART OF CHICAGO THEATRE WEEK 2018
Gwen had always been – as far as she could recall, anyway – a strong proponent of casting beyond image. When dealing with historical figures onstage, she always considered it far more important to capture the spirit and character of a historical figure, more than casting a lookalike simply for visual accuracy. Her varied opinions on cross-gender and race-conscious casting stemmed from this central belief.
Thus, she was surprised when her initial reaction to Jackalope Theatre’s Franklinland was her unease that –
“He doesn’t really look that much like Benjamin Franklin at the beginning.”