As You Like It
Gender Quotes Page 4
How we cite our quotes:
It is not the fashion to see the lady
the epilogue; but it is no more unhandsome than to see the
lord the prologue. (Epilogue)
When the actor playing Rosalind appears on stage at the play's end, he points out that most epilogues are spoken by male characters in Elizabethan drama. The statement also functions as a reminder of the gender politics of Elizabethan theater. Since women weren't allowed to perform in public plays, the role of Rosalind was definitely not played by a "lady." The part would have been given to a boy actor. Check out "Art and Culture" for more on this.