A few short years ago, casting the most classic of love stories with two women would have had to be, by necessity, a political statement in the United States: ‘Can you imagine a world, dear audience, where two women could fall in love and marry? What if they could?’ But women can marry now and claim each other on their taxes. And for me, that means we’re arriving at a point when this casting choice can simply be another version of this timeless story. Another lens to see it through, with new eyes.
Krista Apple, director of Philadelphia’s Curio Theatre Company’s production of Romeo and Juliet casting them as lesbian lovers.