Before the Gothic Horror of Stoker and Shelley, before the most curious corners of the minds of the Brothers Grimm, there was John Webster’s dark fairytale of power, corruption, fate, and forbidden love - the Duchess of Malfi.
Considered one of the great revenge tragedies of all time and wildly popular in its day, Webster’s 1614 horror masterpiece will be brought back to life by Austin's 2019 Cultural Ambassadors for Theatre, The Hidden Room, using period playing practices such as replicated candlelight as used for a Jacobean indoor playing space, live music, 1614-style garments (designed by the American Shakespeare Center’s Jenny McNee) and proper makeup techniques. Most significantly, The Hidden Room will unveil their work on Renaissance Gesture Acting - the result of years of experimentation and research, as lead by the brilliant Dr. Farah Karim (head of Research and Education at Shakespeare Globe in London, and author of The Hand on the Shakespearean Stage.) After its Austin run, The Duchess of Malfi will bring this groundbreaking production to Shakespeare’s Globe Wanamaker Playhouse.
Starring: Liz Beckham, Brock England, Judd Farris, Valoneecia Tolbert, Robert Matney, Todd Kassens, Ronan Melomo, Amber Quick, Jill Swanson, Kenah Benefield, Rommel Sulit, Nathan Jerkins, Ryan Crowder, Sadie Schaeffer
Director: Beth Burns
Stage Manager: Rachel Steed
Costume Design: Jenny McNee
Asst Costume Design: Liz Schneider
Music Director: Howard Burkett
Dance Choreography: Kelly Hasandras
Fight Choreography: Toby Minor
Prop Master: Marco Noyola
Master of Art: Jennymarie Jemison
FOUR WEEKENDS ONLY, Sept 27-October 20th
All Friday and Saturday show at 8 PM, all Sunday performances at 5 PM.
Running time 150 minutes.
Special discounted PREVIEW PERFORMANCE Friday, Sept 27th, 8 PM
VSA Audio Description and Relaxed Performance Sunday, Sept 29th, 5 PM
Special Industry Night Performance Thursday, October 10th, 8 PM
York Rite Masonic Hall
311 W 7th Street, Austin TX. 78733