Nick Westrate, Jen Eden and More Explore The Maid’s Tragedy Tonight

News   Nick Westrate, Jen Eden and More Explore The Maid’s Tragedy Tonight
 
The Maid's Tragedy, a story of loyalty vs. morality by Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher, is presented Dec. 1 by Red Bull Theater Revelation Readings.

The reading is held at 7:30 PM at the Lucille Lortel Theater.

Deborah Wolfson directs a cast that features Christian Conn, Quincy Dunn-Baker, Jen Eden, Jeremie Harris, Jennifer Ikeda, Colin Israel, Brian Morvant, Everett Quinton, Michael Raver, Jeanine Serralles, Zuzanna Szadkowski, Nick Westrate, Spiff Wiegand and Patrick Woodall, among others.

Here's how the production is billed: "The Maid's Tragedy, probably written in 1610-11 for the Blackfriars Theater, presents a conflicted court with a corrupt absolute monarch at its center. The king — never named outside his title — abuses his royal prerogative with an almost cavalier attitude. His lust for an unmarried woman, paired with his own majestic authority, slowly poisons the morality of his court. The play reveals diverse consequences for his courtiers as they struggle to maintain loyalties to both royal absolutism and proper moral conduct."

"Can what you don't know hurt you after all?" press notes state. "Jacobean cross-dressing and bedroom badinage are in full force, as tragi-comedy becomes revenge play. A soldier returns home for a wedding only to find a big change in the bride. Very soon all hell breaks loose. Melantius is at first joyous to find his friend Amintor marrying his sister Evadne, but it doesn't take long for secrets to be exposed and friendships to turn bloody. Lust, wit, honor, betrayal and rage collide as each character plots their own schemes to right their wrongs."

The evening features music by Scott Killian. Revelation Readings provide an opportunity to hear new and rarely produced classic plays.

The Lucille Lortel Theater is located at 121 Christopher Street. Visit redbulltheater.com for more information.

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