The practice of casting bodies in roles that they would not have played “traditionally” in an attempt to change the story that is being told and provide a different take on the same story by challenging the audience’s expectations. In her 2020 book, Shakespearean Futures: Casting the Bodies of Tomorrow on Shakespeare’s Stages Today, scholar Amy Cook notes that counter-casting “can be subtle or radical, but it is always political” (13). Cook suggests that counter-casting should be used in an attempt to expand our perceptions and widen our understanding of how individuals navigate the world. For more, please see Cook.
Sources and Further Reading:
Cook, Amy. Shakespearean Futures: Casting the Bodies of Tomorrow on Shakespeare’s Stages Today. Cambridge University Press, 2020.
Cook, Amy. “Shakespearean Futures: Casting the Bodies of Tomorrow on Stages Today. The Lab at the Stratford Festival and York Research Chair in Theatre and Performance and the Department of Theatre in the School of AMPD at York University. 28 Sept. 2021, Zoom. Address.