The Forgotten Theatre Company is excited to announce its 2018 SEASON
“The Flaming Sword: Women in Conflict”
‘The Duchess of Malfi” by John Webster
“Candida” by George Bernard Shaw
“Margaret Fleming” by James A Herne
The season focuses on women’s often conflicted/conflicting roles in social, political and artistic life.
The principal role in each play is the woman of the title.
COMING SOON …
“THE DUCHESS of MALFI”
by John Webster
Directed by Phil Ryder
In keeping with our mission to present ‘forgotten’, neglected drama, we are delighted to present this great work to Sacramento audiences. Written by a contemporary of Shakespeare, shortly after the Bard’s “The Tempest” was first staged, the play presents a macabre world of terror, mal-contentment, and forbidden passion.
Venue: California Stage (at 25th & R Streets, Sacramento)
Cast of 15 + including at least 4 female roles
Playing June 8th through July 2nd: Fridays & Saturdays at 7.30 pm,
Sundays at 2.00 pm.
Auditions at California Stage
Sat. March 24th, 10 am to 4 pm; Sun. March 25th, 4 pm to 9 pm. Call backs if necessary: Mon. March 26th, 6 pm to 9 pm.
Rehearsals will begin early April; some actors will play more than one role.
Further audition information will be available shortly, on this SARTA site; at www.theforgottentheatrecompany.com ; and on The Forgotten Theatre Company’s Facebook page.
First performed at the indoor Blackfriar’s Theatre, in 1614, and subsequently at the Globe Playhouse, ‘The Duchess of Malfi’ (Amalfi, Italy) is a drama of intrigue, betrayal, familial conflict, sexual jealousy, schizophrenia, and mental and physical cruelty …
Although we selected this tragic play well before the ‘Me Too’ movement came into existence, it is specifically concerned in the harassment, abuse and denigration of women …
The Original Jacobean Mafia Family
The recently widowed Giovana d’Aragona, Duchess of Malfi, is forbidden to remarry by her brothers: the elder, Cardinal Luigi d’Aragona, for financial reasons; and her twin, Ferdinand d’Aragona, Duke of Calabria, for a very personal reason … disregarding their admonitions, the duchess secretly remarries. Her suspicious brothers appoint the malcontent, Daniel de Bosola, to spy on her … and the play moves inexorably toward its violent, harrowing climax …
The complex characterizations, with a woman in the central role; the poetic intensity, challenging adult themes, and macabre theatrical effects of Webster’s masterpiece, ensure this play’s place among the finest of English Renaissance dramas.