Meet the Maltese actress who is redefining male roles

This is not cross-dressing -- it is about reimagining certain characters as women, because why not?

Daiva Repeckaite
Daiva Repeckaite NewsMavens, Malta
Meet the Maltese actress who is redefining male roles - NewsMavens
Erica Muscat.

Why this story matters:

Classical theater has very few roles for women to start with and those that exist are rarely as complex and fulfilling as male ones. This presents a bottleneck in acting careers for women.

However, some directors are increasingly taking brave casting decisions and reimagining some of male characters as women.

Maltese actress Erica Muscat has landed these roles in the UK and the US -- and now on her native islands. In an upcoming Elizabethan play, the audience will be prompted to reimagine a character modeled after the famed father of realpolitik, Machiavelli, as well as a Spanish vice-admiral as women -- without focusing on their gender in any way, just doing it as if it's the most natural thing. 

Details from the story:

  • Erica Muscat, a Maltese actress, has landed the roles of Machiavel, a prologue speaker, and Martin del Bosco, who becomes Martine, in a new rendition of Christopher Marlowe's The Jew of Malta.
  • In the interview recommended below, she remembers that this is the fifth time she has landed roles that were written as male. “I don’t think Marlowe would be rolling in his grave -- after all, he wrote it for Queen Elizabeth,” she thinks.
  • A UK-based director once cast her for a one-person show based on Shakespeare’s sonnets in a role that had been written as male -- and didn’t tell the producers until the last moment. “Just see her -- trust me,” he had assured the producers, and they later acknowledged their prejudice was wrong.
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