in a Hidden Room somewhere within 311 W 7th Street, Austin Texas 78701…
The Hidden Room Theatre beckons you inside the twisted world of John Webster, and his dark fairy tale 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 the Hidden Room using period playing practices such as replicated candlelight as used for an early modern indoor playing space, live music, Jacobean-style garments (designed by the American Shakespeare Center’s Jenny McNee) and 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, Valoneeica 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 shows at 8PM, all Sunday performances at 5PM.
Running time 150 minutes.
Special discounted PREVIEW PERFORMANCE Friday Sept 27th, 8PM – all tickets $15!
VSA Audio Description and Relaxed Performance Sunday Sept 29th, 5PM – please let us know if you would benefit from Audio Narration, which is generally most helpful to our attendees with limited vision. Relaxed performances are intended to be more sensitive and understanding to those who may benefit from a more relaxed atmosphere from the box office through until the end of the show. We ask all in attendance to be generous and kind to our fellow theatre-goers who may need to make noise during the show.
Special Industry Night Performance Thursday October 10th, 8PM – Theatre people know how to party! Join us!