Spanish Tragedy Is First of Elizabethan Revenge Plays in CSC Series, Nov. 21

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Classic Stage Company's fall 2005 First Look Festival begins Nov. 21, launching a program of three one-night-only staged readings of rarely seen Elizabethan revenge tragedies.

The Spanish Tragedy by Thomas Kyd, directed by Michael Sexton and starring Bill Camp, will be presented Nov. 21. "Ghosts, intrigue, betrayal and hot-blooded revenge dominate this masterpiece, which remains one of the most imaginative thrillers of the Elizabethan stage," according to CSC notes.

The series also includes:

  • Antonio's Revenge (Nov. 28) by John Marston, directed by Daisy Walker and starring Michael Stuhlbarg and Tom Hewitt. "The stage is set for a melancholy prince dressed in black, a vengeful ghost, and a murderous usurper. Sound like Shakespeare's Hamlet? Guess again! It's Marston's masterful tragedy which played at the same time as Shakespeare's Hamlet. Join in the fun at guessing who stole from whom."
  • The Roman Actor (Dec. 5) by Philip Massinger, directed John Dias, and starring Ruben Santiago-Hudson. "Paris, Rome's greatest actor, has it all: money, success, and the emperor's wife as a lover. But when the Emperor learns of his wife's infidelities he devises a play of his own to co-star in with his rival. It is there, on stage, that Paris learns that in the Emperor's theatre the knives and blood are very, very real."


    Tickets are available for the First Look Festival readings for $30 by calling Ticket Central at (212) 279-4200, or visiting, or visiting the CSC box office at 136 East 13th Street. *

    CSC's production of Hamlet starring Michael Cumpsty and directed by Brian Kulick continues to Dec. 11.

    CSC is under the leadership of artistic director Brian Kulick and executive director Jessica R. Jenen.

    For more information on works by Classic Stage Company, visit the theatre's website at

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