The Duchess of Malfi
October 15-17th, 20-24th 2015
Battles. Romance. Race. War.
Defying the wishes of her two brothers, the newly widowed Duchess of Malfi is quick to secretly marry her true love and steward, Antonio. When their illicit union is finally discovered, it will unleash a reign of terror, cruelty, madness, and murder that will tear country and kin to the ground.
First performed by Shakespeare’s own company, the King's Men in 1614, this Jacobean classic has been heralded among the most grotesque, whirlwind thrillers of the English theater, composed with a poetic elegance and nuance to rival the bard himself.
In keeping with Wallbyrd's mission to explore “living classics," this production has been re-imagined to combine Webster’s expressive and eloquent verse with the raw, war-ravaged setting of the 1860’s antebellum south.
Wallbyrd's production will explore how race, class, gender, and culture defined and defied a tumultuous period in American history. Due to the complexity and sheer scale of this work, this is a rare chance to see one of Webster’s most acclaimed masterpieces embodied on the American stage.
Inside the Process
The Duchess of Malfi - Emily Putnam
Antonio Bologna - Vincenzo McNeill
Ferdinand - Alec Powell
The Cardinal - Matt Moore
Daniel de Bosola - Jonathan Griffiths
Delio - Greg Ludek
Cariola - Jaimi Miller
Julia - Jessamyn Slon
Castruccio - Carl Del Buono
Silvio - Eddie Coomber
Lady - Danielle Lattiere
Direction & Design: Virginia Monte
Production Management: Kate Duprey
Lighting Design: Jena Overbeck
Fight Direction: Lara Ianni
Dramaturgy: Christina Hurtado Pierson
Photography by Annette Dragon