Part of the appeal of musical theatre is its potential for wowing audiences with spectacle. Costume design has always been an important element in creating memorable stage experiences.
Hermaphrodites have long been known to exist in nature. In certain indigenous cultures, two-spirited people are treated with great respect.
Not only is storytelling a genuine art form, it's a lot harder than one might think. It requires skill with vocabulary, phrasing and a deep appreciation of the musicality of one's language. It requires a sense of drama, of make believe and, above all else, a deeply personal kind of buy-in from one's audience.
San Francisco's 2015-2016 theatre season began with two new dramas in which tough women try to break out of the emotional armor that has ruled their lives for many years. One is young, vulnerable and still in her formative years. Having spent time in prison, the other has retreated into a cold and seemingly uncaring emotional state.
It was difficult to explain to this passionate Cuban man that I didn't want to marry anybody. Still don't. Why not? I'm one of those men that Professor Henry Higgins described as "a confirmed old bachelor, and likely to remain so."
One of the hardest tasks for theatre companies is to find a way to make classics of the dramatic literature accessible to modern audiences.