Two Pence Theatre Company to Present WOMEN BEWARE WOMEN, 9/4-27
Two Pence Theatre Company announces their 2014 production of Thomas Middleton's Women Beware Women, Thursday, Sept. 4 - Saturday, Sept. 27 at The Den Theatre, 1333 N. Milwaukee Ave. The production is directed by Two Pence Theatre Company Member Kathryn Walsh. Previews run Thursday, Sept. 4, Friday, Sept. 5 and Saturday, Sept. 6 at 7:30 p.m. Opening/Press night is Monday, Sept. 8 at 7:30 p.m. The regular production schedule, September 11 - 27, is Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. Tickets prices are $25 ($20 for previews) and are now on sale. To purchase tickets visit www.twopencetheatre.org/see and for more information about the company visit www.twopencetheatre.org.
In Women Beware Women, Livia's buried two husbands and doesn't want a third. Her brother is in love with their niece and the niece has been ordered to marry a fool. Her neighbors are a Duke who likes young, beautiful, married women and an old woman whose son just married a young, beautiful woman. In Middleton's bloody telenovela of raunchy decadence, erotic depravity and white hot death, the women of Florence know that husband's die, lover's betray and friends are false - but what women have to fear the most is what it takes to be a successful woman. Women in classical theatre usually have their pick in life - they can sigh or they can die. The women of modern Chicago have a few more options, but it's just a different playing field and the game is still rigged. Two Pence's signature style of dynamic staging coupled with passionate clarity of language peels back the skin on this Chicago premiere 400 years in the making.
The complete cast and crew for Women Beware Women includes:
Eliza Hofman* (Bianca), Nick Jordan (Duke), Laura Lapidus (Ward/Cardinal), Michael Mercier* (Hippolito), Morgan McCabe (Mother/Fabritio), Matthew Pierce (Guardiano), Loretta Rezos (Livia), Maggie Scrantom (Isabella), and Josh Zagoren (Leantio/Sordido).
Kathryn Walsh* (director), Mathew Chapman (sound design), Sarah Hughey (lighting design), Carolyn Rose Sullivan (costume design), Sarah Watkins (set design), Tom Wells* (vocal coach), R & D Choreography (violence design). * Denotes Two Pence Company Member
Kathryn Walsh's directing credits with Two Pence include Richard II, As You Like It and The Tamer Tamed. Additional directing credits include Body and Blood in TEN (The Gift), Night Lights (Living Room Playmakers), breaks & bikes (Pavement Group), The Make-Out Queen (The Common Tongue at Ars Nova, New York), Island of Slaves (Boston's Orfeo Group, Elliott Norton nomination, Outstanding Design), A Very Merry (Un)Authorized Children's Scientology Pageant (Next Theatre) and the Midwest premiere of David Harrower's Kill the Old, Torture Their Young (Steep Theatre). Assisting credits include Henry VIII, Feast: An Intimate Tempest,The Madness of George III and Henry VIII (Chicago Shakespeare); Our Town (Lookingglass); August: Osage County, Dead Man's Cell Phone and When the Messenger is Hot (Steppenwolf). Walsh has studied and worked at Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, MA, and received her B.A. in English and American Literature and Language from Harvard University. She holds an MFA in Directing at Northwestern University, where she recently taught as an adjunct faculty member and is a classical text coach at Chicago Shakespeare Theatre.