Might as well ask which of my children is my favorite.
(And that's funny, because they'd each tell you they think the other one is the favorite, so I think I'm doing my job right...?)
Seriously, though, it is a funny question, and a hard one, especially because I didn't invent these characters that I'm writing. Shakespeare did. But they're mine now and I love them. They spoke to me in their voices and allowed me to bring them to life on the page in a new way.
|I always pictured Kate like actress|
|I mean, Beatrice and Benedick,|
am I right?
|Imogen Stubbs as Viola,|
dressed as Cesario.
I love it when they give her a mustache
The third in my Shakespeare's Women Speak series will be based on Twelfth Night, one of Shakespeare's dressing-up-and-mistaken-identity plays. Viola is the wise, articulate, and heart-on-her-sleeve core of the play. I ache to watch her love for Duke Orsino -- who thinks she's a boy -- which goes unrequited until the very last scene of the play. But she never gives up, never wavers or doubts, no matter the chaos swirling around her. She embodies devotion and patience and self-sacrifice.
Um, yeah. As I write it, I'm seeing it. I identify hard with Viola.
|A still from a Royal |
Shakespeare Company production.
Does it make you uncomfortable?
So. Who's my favorite character?
I can't possibly answer that.