Gender Role Reversal / Reblogged

La Cage aux Folles, One-Upped

Talia took a very challenging play from our course this year and created an amazing analysis of it. Cloud Nine was a work I was scared to blog about as I did not know where to begin, however I knew that gender role reversals and the performance of gender was an important aspect of this play. By casting males as females and females as males, Churchill uses visuals to show how different people gender themselves. This post connects with my post Just A Little Bit Of Fun… in the way that it suggests that just because someone looks like a man or women does not mean that that is how they view themselves.

Who Wears The Pants?

51WFQ930PQLCaryl Churchill’s 1976 play, Cloud 9, shows her “continuing obsession with questions of identity of identity – a theme that unifies much of her work…” (Klein).  The published front cover of Cloud 9 alludes to the ambiguity of identity through its artwork.  The characters within the play are constantly challenging gender stereotypical roles.  Churchill alludes to this notion with the picture of a colonial’s head, a woman’s naked body, and someone’s sneakered feet where the gender is left uncertain.  Before a reader opens the play they must first look at the front cover.  Similarly, if audience members go to watch the play performed live, they will encounter a poster or image on the front of a cast pamphlet.  With these images, they are made aware that this is an unusual production.  The bizarre aspect of cross casting is something that Churchill intentionally chose for her play.  Take a look…

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