This Bud of Love
David Muse directs an all-male Romeo and Juliet for Shakespeare Theatre Company.
Working on this production has allowed Muse to see things in the play that he had not noticed before. "There's a moment when Juliet calls Romeo 'husband,' then she calls him 'lover,' and in the end she calls him 'friend.' In Shakespearean adjectives, the last in the list is always the most important," he says. "There's something about the friendship between those two characters that when it's played by two young men, it's not just about the romance and love; there's this sort of camaraderie that is almost like a 'buddyness' that just comes out naturally."