BST Presents THE CHANGELING And THE DUCHESS OF MALFI In Repertory
BST's fall repertory explores depraved violence, sexual obsession, and female determination in two of the greatest tragedies written for the early Modern Stage. In The Changeling, Beatrice-Joanna goes to any lengths rather than be forced to marry a man she doesn't love--including murder. Though four hundred years old, this gripping play presents an all too familiar picture of women's entrapment and degradation at the hands of men. The Duchess of Malfi also follows the tragic efforts of a noblewoman to marry for love and to free herself of the writhing political, religious, and erotic web spun by her family. Inspired by a true story, his macabre, punk beauty of a play draws together extraordinary language, violent delights, and some of the most complex and memorable characters in Jacobean drama.
The Changeling is directed by BST's Artistic Director Charlene V. Smith and The Duchess of Malfi is directed by BST Artistic Associate Casey Kaleba. The cast includes Charlie Cook, Katie Culligan, Ryan Fields, Jared H. Graham, Musa Gurnis, Adrianne Knapp, Steve Lebens, Ben Peter, Danielle Scott, Rebecca Speas, and Ian Blackwell Rogers.
Performances run from October 18 through November 18, 2018, and take place at the Lab at Convergence at 1819 N. Quaker Lane, Alexandria, VA 22302. Tickets are $20 each and can be purchased at the door or at www.bravespiritstheatre.com.
For BST, Charlene V. Smith has previously directed Coriolanus, 'Tis Pity She's a Whore, Antony and Cleopatra, Richard III, and The Two Noble Kinsmen, and co-directed The Two Gentlemen of Verona and The Bloody Banquet. For BST, Casey Kaleba has co-directed The Bloody Banquet and has been the fight director for Coriolanus, 'Tis Pity She's a Whore, A King and No King, The Maid's Tragedy, Romeo and Juliet, and Richard III.
BST's 2018-2019 season is supported in part by the Virginia Commission for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, the City of Alexandria, and the Nora Roberts Foundation.