Saturday, April 21, 2012

Casting Call: A Midwest Summer Night's Dream

As usual, A Midwest Summer Night's Dream came to me with vivid, fully formed characters.

Jebediah Greene is a loner, at first by necessity and later by choice. He takes solace in books borrowed from Doc and Mrs. Wilson, and especially loves Shakespeare.

He's taken solace in the arms of a few ladies, but none have ever struck him like Winona Young.

When I first saw this picture of Gabriel Aubrey, I recognized him right away. Jeb.

Winona Young's intelligent, sometimes too much for her own good. Books are her constant companions, but she's awkward with people. Men especially, who always seem to want their own needs taken care of first. She's feisty and knows how to take care of herself. But when she begins to know Jeb during their trip West, she also begins to learn not every man is like her terrible stepfather or the men he sought to marry her off with.

Rachel McAdams embodies the spirit of Winona perfectly.

Maggie's a prostitute in Tipton who has her sights set on the Western horizon. Often, she sets them on Jeb as well, but Jeb always refuses her. He's polite enough about it, something that appeals to Maggie. He has a sense of honor she prizes more highly than gold.

Helena Bonham Carter is perfect as Maggie. I just love her.

Doc and Mrs. Wilson are one of those couples who've been together forever, and know exactly what the other one thinks, sometimes before s/he thinks it.

I loved the way Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward were like that. They'd be perfect as Doc and Mrs. Wilson.


Marva Dasef said...

I love seeing Paul and Joanna. They were a terrific couple and I'll forever love Paul's blue eyes.

Cate Masters said...

He even made a wonderful crotchety old man. Every time I watch Cars with my grandboys, I see him clearly in old Hudson Hornet. My favorite Western with him is Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, of course. :)

Angela Brown said...

You have a lovely cast of characters, from honorable and feisty to old and beautiful. I love it :-)

Kate said...

Good casting!

Cate Masters said...

Just like the Western shows of old, Angela. That's one of the things I loved best about them, aside from the heroes. :)

Thanks Kate!