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Dennis Abrams

Biography

Dennis Abrams

Dennis Abrams is a contributing editor for Publishing Perspectives. He has written more than 30 young adult biographies and history books. He is also the author of The Play’s the Thing, a complete young adult guide to the plays of William Shakespeare.

Dennis Abrams

Books by Dennis Abrams

by Dennis Abrams - Fiction, Gay & Lesbian, Historical Fiction, History, Performing Arts, Sexuality, Young Adult 14+
In Shakespeare’s time, women were not allowed to appear on stage, and so female parts were played by boy actors. In I Was Cleopatra, readers meet John Rice --- perhaps the most beautiful and acclaimed boy actor of them all. It is believed by many that John Rice originated the roles of Lady Macbeth, Cleopatra and Cordelia, and this fictional memoir explores his life both on and off the stage. With graceful prose and an encyclopedic knowledge of the period, Dennis Abrams invites readers to experience gender fluidity and sexuality through the fictional recollections of a fascinating historical figure as he reflects on his life in this “farewell” to his theatrical past.
by Dennis Abrams - Fiction, Historical Fiction, Young Adult 13+
The story follows John from the age of 13, when he leaves his family in Reading to join the King’s Men theater troupe in London as an apprentice boy actor. Over the course of the next few years, John eagerly hones the acting skills necessary to portray female roles. He becomes a friend, and eventually a lover, of Alexander, a boy actor who is getting too old to play female roles. And he works closely with Shakespeare himself. But around the time he turns 16, John starts to worry about inevitably becoming too old to convincingly portray women onstage, which leads to some unsettling choices.