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 America around the turn of the 21st century, it gently pokes fun at life, manners, morals as well as the tensions within the modern LGBT and Liberal Communities. It stars lesbian actress Cathy DeBuono.
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 which was turned into a well received 1997 Indie film by Schickner's FenceSitter Films. In 2008/2009 FenceSitter Films began working with an American Cable TV Network to spin-off 'Rose by Any