Concluding May 16
'Tis Pity She's A Whore (Off-Broadway at The Duke on 42nd Street). John Ford's 'Tis Pity She's A Whore, directed by Red Bull artistic director Jesse Berger, features Matthew Amendt, Kelley Curran, Clifton Duncan, Franchelle Stewart Dorn, Ryan Farley, Ryan Garbayo, Philip Goodwin, Christopher Innvar, Amelia Pedlow, Everett Quinton, Rocco Sisto, Derek Smith, Auden Thornton, Tramell Tillmann and Marc Vietor. Here's how it's billed: "What if Romeo and Juliet were brother and sister? Find out in this daring and provocative thriller. This heart-pounding tale of love, lust and hypocrisy is a deliciously perverse romantic tragedy. Siblings Annabella and Giovanni fall into an incestuous affair with a brutal velocity that sets Renaissance Parma aflame with its passionate force. Defiant in their desires to the bloody end, these lovers take 'star-crossed' into a whole new galaxy. This crown jewel of Jacobean drama has scandalized and enthralled audiences for four centuries with its singular journey through the fires of desire. In its first major Off-Broadway production in 20 years, this rollicking ride will have your moral compass spinning wildly." Visit DukeOn42.org.
Concluding May 17
Nirbhaya (Off-Broadway at the Lynn Redgrave Theatre). The Edinburgh Fringe Festival hit Nirbhaya is based on the Delhi bus gang rape in 2012 and features performers' testimonials of female violence. Presented by Culture Project, Nirbhaya is written and directed by Yaël Faber (Mies Julie), in collaboration with the cast and creative team from India. The play recalls the 2012 violent incident in India that made headlines around the world. According to press notes, "Nirbhaya's company of actors present the shocking events surrounding Jyoti Singh Pandey’s story as well as giving their own moving testimonials, cracking open the cone of silence around women whose lives have been shattered by gender-based violence." Visit NirbhayaThePlay.com.