Arden of Faversham

April 2nd - April 18th, 2015

ATLAS Performing Arts Center
1333 H Street, NE,
Washington, DC 20002

About the Play

Arden of Faversham, an Elizabethan true crime tragedy, is a play wrapped in mystery. Which playwrights collaborated on the play? Which scenes, if any, did Shakespeare write? What inspired the play’s creation almost forty years after the event it dramatizes? And why, since the script is so deliciously dark and funny, isn’t it produced more? Come be the judge as housewife Alice Arden plots with her lover and two spectacularly incompetent hit-men to murder her husband.

Cast and Creative

Featuring Ian Armstrong, Grant Cloyd, Nello DeBlasio, Curt Gavin, Willem Krumich, Robert Leembruggen*, Rich Montgomery, Victoria Reinsel, Morgan Sendek, Samantha Sheahan, and Teresa Spencer.

*Member, Actors’ Equity Association

Director: Dan Crane
Stage Manager: by Boneza Hanchock
Dramaturg: Cassie Ash
Publicity Photographer: Justin Schneider
Graphic Designer: Jessica Aimone

“The Complaint and Lamentation of Mistress Arden of Faversham,” Produced and Arranged by Zach Roberts. Vocals – Carolyn Kashner; Drums – Mike McCollough; Keyboard – Zach Roberts

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This hidden gem from Shakespeare’s time period is a sparkling discovery.

Brave Spirits Theatre’s modern-dress staging of “Arden,” directed by Dan Crane, keeps the tale’s episodes bowling along at a speedy clip, while sustaining an almost winkingly broad melodramatic tone — an apt enough fit for the play’s mixture of suspense, tragedy and crime-caper burlesque.

Celia Wren, The Washington Post

GO, GO, GO to see this fantastic production.

A real potboiler of a play, with sharp comedy, keenly written characters, and a solid script.

Arden of Faversham is fabulously dramatic and entertaining. Although you won’t have to guess who done it, it’s fun to guess who wrote it, and why. It’s good to see Brave Spirits Theatre keeping these types of plays alive.