This came up in conversation awhile back but I never posted it. I’m pretty sure that Mercutio and Juliet never actually share the stage, right?
A new Midsummer was thinking about (not sure if they went through with it) having Helena played as a gay man. I think that’s a horrid idea myself, but that’s just my opinion. The point is that we’re getting pretty bold in our creative re-imaginings for the purpose of making certain statements.
People often want to argue whether Mercutio is gay. That’s nothing new for the internet, of course – any popular male character can find fan fiction that portrays him as gay. But what if we ran with that idea, and put the suggestion out there that what Romeo sees in Juliet is, in fact, his best friend?