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Rose By Any Other Name . . . is an American Romantic comedy whose plot and title are loosely based on William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. Set in American around the turn of the 21st century, it gently pokes fun at at life, manners, morals as well as the tensions within the modern LGBT and Liberal Communities.



The story follows the main characters Rose a comfortably out woman who identifies as lesbian and Anthony a decent progressive straight man who serendipitously meet and then unexpectedly find themselves falling for each other. Rose has to navigate the reaction of her friends (they aren't thrilled) and her family (they are) while Anthony too has to deal with his friends who are equally nonplussed.


The story was written and produced by Kyle Schickner, who is a bisexual rights activist as well as being a film producer, writer, director and actor. It began as a successful Off-Off-Broadway Production in 1996 at New York City's Sanford Meisner Theater[1] which was turned into a well received 1997 Indie film by Schickner's FenceSitter Films.[2][3] In 2008/2009 FenceSitter Films began working with an American Cable TV Network to spin-off 'Rose by Any Other Name . . .' into a weekly TV series.[4]


According to Schickner after production had gotten underway "at the 11th hour as they were setting up to shoot the pilot the network expressed concern over how the cutting-edge social theme might play with some of their core viewership and decided to look at more data to see what kind of response the show might get". So with the assistance of American Institute of Bisexuality the project was turned into a Web series with each Webisode being posted on the FenceSitter Films Youtube channel.[5][6]

See also


  1. ^ Qarooni, Nawal (2006-10-27). "Filmmaker repays debt to hometown - Shooting of Ally Sheedy movie now through December includes town residents as extras". The Star-Ledger.  
  2. ^ Szymanski, Michael (1997-07-20). "MOVIES; Having It Both Ways; If you think there are more bisexuals in films, it's because there are". Los Angeles Times: p. 20. "In his "Rose by Any Other Name," due in October, New Jersey filmmaker Kyle Schickner stars as a straight man baffled by the idea of dating a lesbian."  
  3. ^ Morris, Morris (1998-07-22). "MOVIES; Zoom Lens; Bisexual Film Festival". SF Weekly. "Saturday's double bill begins with a world premiere, Kyle Schickner's often hilarious indie Rose by Any Other Name ... (1997)."  
  4. ^ "Rose By Any Other Name". Bi Magazine. 2009-11-09. "The web series "Rose By Any Other Name..." is based on Kyle Schickner's first film by the same title. The series follows the main character - Rose - as she tries to come to terms with her feelings for Anthony."  
  5. ^ "Introducing Ourselves". Bi Films. 2008-06-15. "Now we have decided to update 'Rose By Any Other name . . .' to the present day and morph it into a weekly TV series, but while major studios are interested as usual they find my content is a little provocative. So we have started filming anyway and while the studios wrestle with the idea of romantic comedy where people meet, date and maybe even fall in love with each other regardless of gender, we will start broadcasting it on the web using FenceSitter Film's YouTube Channel."  
  6. ^ "Making our own TV". Bi Media. 2009-11-08. "Manchester had Queer As Folk. The USA has The L Word – and there’s talk of the BBC having set the cast for a UK equivalent… but it’s all pretty much lesbian and gay television. It seems if we want bi telly, we are going to have to make our own."  

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