The Resource I was Cleopatra, Dennis Abrams

I was Cleopatra, Dennis Abrams

Label
I was Cleopatra
Title
I was Cleopatra
Statement of responsibility
Dennis Abrams
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
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."--Amazon.com
Cataloging source
YDX
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1960-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Abrams, Dennis
Dewey number
813/.6
Index
no index present
LC call number
PZ7.1.A18
LC item number
Ia 2018
Literary form
novels
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Shakespeare, William
  • Shakespeare, William
  • Shakespeare, William
  • Shakespeare, William
  • Shakespeare, William
  • Child actors
  • Female impersonators
  • Theater
  • Young adult fiction
Target audience
juvenile
Label
I was Cleopatra, Dennis Abrams
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
20 cm
Extent
195 pages
Isbn
9781773060224
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
System control number
  • (OCoLC)1003702340
  • 828256
  • (OCoLC)on1003702340
  • 828256
Label
I was Cleopatra, Dennis Abrams
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
20 cm
Extent
195 pages
Isbn
9781773060224
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
System control number
  • (OCoLC)1003702340
  • 828256
  • (OCoLC)on1003702340
  • 828256

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