So it turns out that Mowgli may be a girl.
Mowgli is the hero of The Jungle Book, Rudyard Kipling’s story collection about a wild boy raised by wolves in India. Most people are familiar with the story from Disney’s 1967 animated movie, for which child actor Bruce Reitherman voiced the role, or the live action Disney remake from last spring. Both of those Mowglis are male.
But the Marin Theatre Company (MTC) has cast the young, local actress Sango Tajima as Mowgli in its Family Series Production of Jungle Book.
The idea for the gender switch came from the play’s director Login Ellis. MTC got approval to cast a female in the lead role Wednesday from Greg Banks, the author of this adaptation.