What theater-themed short story involving a wallflower actor am I having trouble remembering?
October 15, 2011 4:35 PM Subscribe
I am trying to find the name of a short story that involved a socially awkward actor brought out of his shell romantically by Shakespeare's words.
posted by noyb42 to media & arts (5 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
Read the story in the 90s, although it might be much older than that. The plot involved an actress and a wallflower actor in the same play. The former is romantically interested in the latter, but he always makes a hasty retreat after each rehearsal. The actress eventually catches him backstage before he leaves and thrusts a copy of Romeo & Juliet in his hands. They perform the balcony scene, leading into a courtship that may or may not have been entirely comprised of acting out famous theatrical romances. Feel free to flag this question if it's all too common a plot device, but this is all I remember.
For some reason my mind is telling me it was written by Isaac Asimov, although I haven't had much luck googling on that front.