Posted by: hankwillenbrink | January 21, 2009

‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore

So you saw My Bloody Valentine 3-D, now what?  Well, you may want to kick it old school with one of those plays that your teacher wouldn’t let you read:  John Ford’s 1633 drama ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore.  It’s being done by a new theater company called The Savage Rose Theater Company under the artistic direction of J. Barrett Cooper (who also directs this production and performs in it as well).  Quoth Mr. Cooper:

First published in 1633, ’Tis Pity She’s a Whore is perhaps the most popular and frequently performed play by John Ford, whom many scholars consider the last major dramatist of the English Renaissance. The play tells the tale of an incestuous love between Giovanni and his sister Annabella that ends in disaster and death. Set in Parma, Italy, the story takes place against a background of lust, vengeance, and greed that serves as a critique of contemporary culture and morality. Critics have noted the parallels between Ford’s ’Tis Pity She’s a Whore and Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet: both plays feature young lovers, forbidden love, a meddling nurse and friar, and a tragic ending — though Ford’s incestuous lovers add an extra twist not found in Shakespeare’s play.

I’ll give you 5 seconds to guess what that twist is…

Ha! Too late.  This is the internet, you can’t talk to me.  Anyway, I’m sure you can guess.  I mean, look at the title.

The production features Gerry Rose, Lucas Adams, Karina Strange, Tony Prince, Kelly Moore, Tad Chitwood, Sean Childress, Adela Chipe, Julia Strange, Craig Nolan Highley, Corey Music, Tom Schulz, Patrick Fitzsimmons, Whitney Willoughby, and J. Barrett Cooper.

Here’s the when and where:

January 22-24 & 28-31, 2009, at 7:30pm

January 25, 2009, at 3:00pm

at Walden Theatre, 1123 Payne St.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for students and seniors.

Call (502) 599-3011 to reserve tickets.

Oh, and if you didn’t already guess, the performance contains adult themes, blood, violence, and music by Rob Zombie.

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