John Ford's
’Tis Pity She’s A Whore

In repertory with A King and No King

March 30th - April 23rd, 2017

The Lab at Convergence
1819 N. Quaker Lane
Alexandria, VA 22302

Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 8pm
Saturday at 3pm
Sunday at 2pm and 7pm

 


About the Play

The Brave Spirits repertory continues the 2016-2017 season’s theme of dangerous love, with two couples defying the greatest of all taboos: the fact that they are brother and sister. In both plays, incestuous passion threatens to overcome reason, but to very different results. BST is excited to pair Ford’s gruesome tragedy with Beaumont and Fletcher’s rarely performed tragicomedy.

*not recommended for children under 13.

 

‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore runs approximately 2 hours, 20 minutes, including intermission.

Cast and Creative


Jenna Berk

Jenna Berk

Annabella

For BST: Clarence, Ratcliffe, Dorset (Richard III), Snug the Joiner (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), the Jailer’s Daughter (The Two Noble Kinsmen). Local credits include Constellation Theatre Company: Avenue Q (Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Ensemble in a Helen Production), Urinetown (Nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Helen Musical Production); Folger Theatre: Richard III; WSC Avant Bard: A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Pinky Swear Productions: The Last Burlesque; LiveArtDC: Drunkle Vanya; No Rules Theatre Company: Boeing Boeing; Taffety Punk: Titus Andronicus; 1st Stage: Blithe Spirit. She has worked as a voice/dialect coach with Rorschach Theatre and Flying V Theatre. Jenna has a BA in Drama and English from UVa and a BA (Hons) from LAMDA. http://www.jennaberk.com/



Danny Cackley

Danny Cackley

Giovanni

For BST: Mercutio (Romeo and Juliet) and Giovanni (‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore). http://www.dannycackley.com/



Gary DuBreuil

Gary DuBreuil

Richardetto

Gary is happy to be playing with Brave Spirits again after performing in The Maid’s Tragedy in 2016. Other recent DC-area credits include Much Ado About Nothing with NextStop Theatre Company, War of the Worlds, which performed in both DC and Prague, with Scena Theatre, As You Like It with Annapolis Shakespeare Company, and HUNT: A Political Drama, a venue best-selling production of the 2016 Capital Fringe Festival. He has also toured nationally and performed around New England and Minnesota’s Twin Cities. www.garydubreuil.com



Rebecca Ellis

Rebecca Ellis

Hippolita



Erik Harrison

Erik Harrison

Friar, Grimaldi

Erik Harrison is an actor as well as the founding Artistic Director of the Coil Project. Theatre: Dream Within a Dream: Madness (Through the Fourth Wall), Three Days of Rain (Independent) The Island of Misfit Toys (Rorschach), A Bright Room Called Day (Nu Sass), It Will All Make Sense in the Morning, #sexts, and Strange Tales (Coil). Film: The Immigrant’s Wife, On the Wing. Television: Evil Kin, Deadly Affairs, ABCs of Online Dating.



Lisa Hill-Corley

Lisa Hill-Corley

Donada

Lisa was previously seen as Westminster, Worcester, and Davy in BST’s Henri IV: The Re-Gendered Henry IV Repertory.



Brendan Kennedy

Brendan Kennedy

Bergetto, the Cardinal

is an actor, singer, and poet.  His recent productions include Avant Bard’s world premiere of TAME. (Patrick), Chesapeake Shakespeare Company’s The Three Musketeers (d’Artagnan), Annapolis Shakespeare Company’s Three Sisters (Kulygin), and Baltimore Shakespeare Factory’s The Winter’s Tale in Original Pronunciation (Florizel). He holds a double-degree in Vocal Performance (BM) and English (BA) from the University of Maryland and studied Bel Canto under Dominic Cossa.



Briana Manente

Briana Manente

Vasquez

Graduating from the Catholic University of America with her MFA in Acting in 2015 Briana’s passion for classical theater and text led her to play Hotspur, Coleville, Clarence, and of course Mouldy in Brave Spirit’s Henri IV: the Re-Gendered Henry IV Repertory. Other DC and MD credits include: Mercutio and Friar Lawrence in Juliet and Romeo with Catholic University, Portia in The Merchant of Venice with Catholic University,  Dori in Danny Boy with Unexpected Stage Company, Countess and Mariana in All’s Well that Ends Well with Blood & Courage: the under-30 company of Chesapeake Shakespeare Company, Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet with Shakespeare in the Parks Prince George’s County, Dusty in Stone Tape Party with NuSass productions, First Witch in Macbeth with Theatre Prometheus, and Emilia in Othello with Chesapeake Shakespeare Company.



Darren Marquardt

Darren Marquardt

Florio



Ian Blackwell Rogers

Ian Blackwell Rogers

Soranzo

For BST: Duke, Antonio, Launce (Two Gentlemen of Verona), Stanley, Tyrrel, Lord Mayor (Richard III), Theseus, Oberon (Two Noble Kinsmen/Midsummer Night’s Dream) and the King (The Maid’s Tragedy). Ian is a Resident Company Member of Baltimore Shakespeare Factory, where he’s been privileged to undertake many wonderful roles in BSF’s stripped-down, Shakespearean staging conditions, playing Hamlet, Macbeth, Prospero, Shylock, Petruchio, Malvolio, Touchstone, and Leontes. Ian is a member of Pallas Theatre Collective, where he played Adolphus Cusins in Major Barbara, and Gonzalo in The Tempest.  He played Edgar Allan Poe in A Dream Within a Dream, an immersive theater project for the 2014 Capital Fringe Festival. He’s also worked with Scena Theatre, in Public Enemy, The Plague, The Chairs, and The Insect Play.



Alison Talvacchio

Alison Talvacchio

Poggio

Alison is thrilled to be making her Brave Spirits debut. She has previously worked with Doorway Arts Ensemble (Amy, Out of Sync) Pocket Change Theatre Company (Odysseus, A Pocket Odyssey; Titania/Flute/Hippolyta, Midsummer on a Playground), RoseProse Productions (Ensemble, Voices; BOXES), Prince Georges Shakespeare (Ensemble, Midsummer; Tempest), The Highwood Theatre (Joan, The Long Way Around) and Active Cultures (Lizzie, Faceless; Clover, What Fresh Hell). Alison is a company member with ReVision dance company, in residence at Dance Place.  She holds a BA in Drama from The Catholic University of America.



Kathryn Zoerb

Kathryn Zoerb

Putana, Philotis

Kathryn is thrilled to be involved in her first Brave Spirits production. She received her BA in theatre and music from the University of Pittsburgh and studied physical theatre and Commedia dell’Arte at the Accademia dell’Arte in Arezzo, Italy. She is an Associated Artist with Faction of Fools and most recently appeared in their production of The Miser as Valère and La Flèche. She has also had the privilege of working with Folger Theatre, Rep Stage, Baltimore Shakespeare Factory, Imagination Stage, and Compass Rose Theater. She currently studies voice with Gran Wilson and is a proud Equity Membership Candidate. Upcoming: Cordelia in King Lear with WSC Avant Bard. www.kathrynzoerb.com




Jason Aufdem-Brinke

Jason Aufdem-Brinke

Lighting Designer

Previously with Brave Spirits Antony & Cleopatra, Henri 4, Athens Rep, Bloody Banquet. Recently elsewhere, alight dance theatre, Stargazing, Bowen McCauley Dance Thermal Pearl Ascending, We Happy Few, Chalk.  Upcoming designs include: Capital Fringe Festival Venues, We Happy Few Henry V, Georgetown University Divorciadas, Evangelistas y Vegetarianas. Pallas Theater Collective, Crazy Mary Lincoln. For more updates: https://www.facebook.com/JbrinkeLighting/.



Casey Kaleba

Casey Kaleba

Fight Director

Casey staged violence for BST’s The Maid’s Tragedy, Richard III, Romeo and Juliet and Co-Directed The Bloody BanquetA Certified Fight Director with the Society of American Fight Directors, Casey has arranged fights for more than four hundred productions throughout the country, including extensive work with the Folger, Round House, Signature, and Rorschach Theatres. He designed blood effects for Faction of Fools’ Titus Andronicus and Constellation Theatre’s Lieutenant of Inishmore, as well as the Men at Arms: Reforged web series, and he serves as an audition choreographer for Marvel Universe Live.  Casey has been an instructor at Catholic University, the University of Mary Washington, University of Maryland – Baltimore County, as well as a guest artist for Fight Directors Canada and the Nordic Stagefight Society. He founded and fostered Tooth & Claw Combat Arts into the largest stage combat training program in the DC area: www.toothandclawcombat.com



Claire Kimball

Claire Kimball

Dramaturg

is a dramaturg, theatre practitioner, teacher, and scholar of early modern drama. Her previous dramaturgy credits include Love’s Labour’s Lost (dir. Dr Jacquelyn Bessell, ASC), and The Tempest (dir. Shakespeare’s Globe Associate Giles Block, ASC). Following several years of research on Dekker and Middleton’s The Bloody Banquet, she worked as a production dramaturg with BST for the first professional staging of the play in almost four hundred years. Claire received her BA in English from Washington College and her MLitt in Shakespeare and Performance from Mary Baldwin College in association with the American Shakespeare Center.



Zach Roberts

Zach Roberts

Music Director

Music direction for BST includes: Antony and Cleopatra, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Two Noble Kinsmen, The Maid’s Tragedy. Zach recently performed in The Lady with the Little Dog (Quotidian), War of the Worlds (SCENA), Friendship Betrayed (WSC Avant Bard), and Madwoman of Chaillot (WSC Avant Bard). He also directed Family Portrait for the DC Music Theatre Workshop.



Charlene V. Smith

Charlene V. Smith

Director

ACTING: Evadne (Maid’s Tragedy), Juliet, and Silvia/Lucetta (Two Gentlemen of Verona); DIRECTING: The Bloody Banquet (Co-Director), The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Co­-Director), Richard III, The Two Noble Kinsmen at BST; Richard II at Mary Baldwin College S&P; The Spanish Tragedy (Director) at Rude Mechanicals; A Long Day’s Journey Into Night (Assistant Director) at Virginia Shakespeare Festival. TRAINING: London Dramatic Academy; BA in Theatre and English from the College of William and Mary; MLitt and MFA in Shakespeare in Performance from Mary Baldwin College in partnership with the American Shakespeare Centercharlenevsmith.com



Leila Spolter

Leila Spolter

Set Designer



Adalia Tonneyck

Adalia Tonneyck

Costume Designer

is a local costume designer, this her first show with Brave Spirits. She has her MFA from George Washington University in production design with a focus in costumes. She has her BFA from S.C.A.D University of Creative Careers  in fibers. She has worked as a designer, assistant designer and costume construction at the following theater companies GWU, the Folger, Traveling Players Ensemble, Adventure, Synthetic, Signature, Next Stop, Washington Stage Guild, Pinky Swear, Constellation, and Howard University. adaliavera.com



 Schedule

Thursday, March 30: @ 8pm: Preview ’Tis Pity She’s a Whore
Friday, March 31 @ 8pm: ’Tis Pity She’s a Whore
Saturday, April 1 @ 3pm: Preview A King and No King
Saturday, April 1 @ 8pm: A King and No King
Sunday, April 2 @ 2pm: ’Tis Pity She’s a Whore
Sunday, April 2 @ 7pm: A King and No King

Thursday, April 6: @ 8pm: A King and No King
Friday, April 7 @ 8pm: ’Tis Pity She’s a Whore
Saturday, April 8 @ 3pm: ’Tis Pity She’s a Whore
Saturday, April 8 @ 8pm: A King and No King
Sunday, April 9 @ 2pm: A King and No King
Sunday, April 9 @ 7pm: ’Tis Pity She’s a Whore

Thursday, April 13: @ 8pm: ’Tis Pity She’s a Whore
Friday, April 14 @ 8pm: A King and No King
Saturday, April 15 @ 3pm: A King and No King
Saturday, April 15 @ 8pm: ’Tis Pity She’s a Whore
Sunday, April 16 @ 2pm: ’Tis Pity She’s a Whore
Sunday, April 16 @ 7pm: A King and No King

Thursday, April 20: @ 8pm: A King and No King
Friday, April 21 @ 8pm: ’Tis Pity She’s a Whore
Saturday, April 22 @ 3pm: ’Tis Pity She’s a Whore
Saturday, April 22 @ 8pm: A King and No King
Sunday, April 23 @ 2pm: A King and No King
Sunday, April 23 @ 7pm: ’Tis Pity She’s a Whore


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Reviews

Brimming with sensationalistic material — with plotlines that touch not only on incest, but also conspiracies, betrayals, disguises, political corruption and shocking violence — the plays are striking and suspenseful.

Brave Spirits’ staging is my third exposure to ‘Tis Pity and the first I fully appreciated. Smith, the company’s producing artistic director, embraces the hyperdramatic nature of Ford’s script and gets the whole company to play the characters’ emotions broadly while maintaining disciplined gestures and movement. In this staging, we see how Ford, working today, would be doing a reboot of Dallas or Dynasty for Starz utilizing all the in-your-face sex and blood he could muster.

Between the talent of the creative team and the acting strength of the cast, this is one stellar production. The rich and poetic language is beautifully spoken and carries the audience through this tragic tale of doomed love, vengeance, and duplicity. Steel your heart and go see this production.

If you have not relished in Ford’s poetic diction, austere beauty, and unbridled human passions, Brave Spirits Theatre offers a superb introduction with this production.

Tis Pity is a highlight of Jacobean theater, and right up Brave Spirits’ alley. It’s well-paced, solidly performed, and a feast for the eyes — and adrenal glands.

Though not for the faint of heart, this production excels in underlining the perverse enjoyment to be had from the revenge tragedy genre; these plays are at their most delightful when characters conspire and connive. With its extraordinary cast, “Tis Pity She’s a Whore” will give audiences a wicked good time.

Brave Spirits Theatre. 'Tis Pity She's a Whore. Directed by Charlene V. Smith. Photo by Claire Kimball.
Brave Spirits Theatre. 'Tis Pity She's a Whore. Directed by Charlene V. Smith. Photo by Claire Kimball.
Brave Spirits Theatre. 'Tis Pity She's a Whore. Directed by Charlene V. Smith. Photo by Claire Kimball.
Brave Spirits Theatre. 'Tis Pity She's a Whore. Directed by Charlene V. Smith. Photo by Claire Kimball.
Brave Spirits Theatre. 'Tis Pity She's a Whore. Directed by Charlene V. Smith. Photo by Claire Kimball.
Brave Spirits Theatre. 'Tis Pity She's a Whore. Directed by Charlene V. Smith. Photo by Claire Kimball.
Brave Spirits Theatre. 'Tis Pity She's a Whore. Directed by Charlene V. Smith. Photo by Claire Kimball.
Brave Spirits Theatre. 'Tis Pity She's a Whore. Directed by Charlene V. Smith. Photo by Claire Kimball.
Brave Spirits Theatre. 'Tis Pity She's a Whore. Directed by Charlene V. Smith. Photo by Claire Kimball.
Brave Spirits Theatre. 'Tis Pity She's a Whore. Directed by Charlene V. Smith. Photo by Claire Kimball.
Brave Spirits Theatre. 'Tis Pity She's a Whore. Directed by Charlene V. Smith. Photo by Claire Kimball.
Brave Spirits Theatre. 'Tis Pity She's a Whore. Directed by Charlene V. Smith. Photo by Claire Kimball.
Brave Spirits Theatre. 'Tis Pity She's a Whore. Directed by Charlene V. Smith. Photo by Claire Kimball.
Brave Spirits Theatre. 'Tis Pity She's a Whore. Directed by Charlene V. Smith. Photo by Claire Kimball.
Brave Spirits Theatre. 'Tis Pity She's a Whore. Directed by Charlene V. Smith. Photo by Claire Kimball.
Brave Spirits Theatre. 'Tis Pity She's a Whore. Directed by Charlene V. Smith. Photo by Claire Kimball.
Brave Spirits Theatre. 'Tis Pity She's a Whore. Directed by Charlene V. Smith. Photo by Claire Kimball.
Brave Spirits Theatre. 'Tis Pity She's a Whore. Directed by Charlene V. Smith. Photo by Claire Kimball.
Brave Spirits Theatre. 'Tis Pity She's a Whore. Directed by Charlene V. Smith. Photo by Claire Kimball.
Brave Spirits Theatre. 'Tis Pity She's a Whore. Directed by Charlene V. Smith. Photo by Claire Kimball.
Brave Spirits Theatre. 'Tis Pity She's a Whore. Directed by Charlene V. Smith. Photo by Claire Kimball.
Brave Spirits Theatre. 'Tis Pity She's a Whore. Directed by Charlene V. Smith. Photo by Claire Kimball.
Brave Spirits Theatre. 'Tis Pity She's a Whore. Directed by Charlene V. Smith. Photo by Claire Kimball.
Brave Spirits Theatre. 'Tis Pity She's a Whore. Directed by Charlene V. Smith. Photo by Claire Kimball.
Brave Spirits Theatre. 'Tis Pity She's a Whore. Directed by Charlene V. Smith. Photo by Claire Kimball.
Brave Spirits Theatre. 'Tis Pity She's a Whore. Directed by Charlene V. Smith. Photo by Claire Kimball.
Brave Spirits Theatre. 'Tis Pity She's a Whore. Directed by Charlene V. Smith. Photo by Claire Kimball.
Brave Spirits Theatre. 'Tis Pity She's a Whore. Directed by Charlene V. Smith. Photo by Claire Kimball.
Brave Spirits Theatre. 'Tis Pity She's a Whore. Directed by Charlene V. Smith. Photo by Claire Kimball.
Brave Spirits Theatre. 'Tis Pity She's a Whore. Directed by Charlene V. Smith. Photo by Claire Kimball.
Brave Spirits Theatre. 'Tis Pity She's a Whore. Directed by Charlene V. Smith. Photo by Claire Kimball.
Brave Spirits Theatre. 'Tis Pity She's a Whore. Directed by Charlene V. Smith. Photo by Claire Kimball.
Brave Spirits Theatre. 'Tis Pity She's a Whore. Directed by Charlene V. Smith. Photo by Claire Kimball.
Brave Spirits Theatre. 'Tis Pity She's a Whore. Directed by Charlene V. Smith. Photo by Claire Kimball.
Brave Spirits Theatre. 'Tis Pity She's a Whore. Directed by Charlene V. Smith. Photo by Claire Kimball.
Brave Spirits Theatre. 'Tis Pity She's a Whore. Directed by Charlene V. Smith. Photo by Claire Kimball.
Brave Spirits Theatre. 'Tis Pity She's a Whore. Directed by Charlene V. Smith. Photo by Claire Kimball.
Brave Spirits Theatre. 'Tis Pity She's a Whore. Directed by Charlene V. Smith. Photo by Claire Kimball.
Brave Spirits Theatre. 'Tis Pity She's a Whore. Directed by Charlene V. Smith. Photo by Claire Kimball.
Brave Spirits Theatre. 'Tis Pity She's a Whore. Directed by Charlene V. Smith. Photo by Claire Kimball.
Brave Spirits Theatre. 'Tis Pity She's a Whore. Directed by Charlene V. Smith. Photo by Claire Kimball.
Brave Spirits Theatre. 'Tis Pity She's a Whore. Directed by Charlene V. Smith. Photo by Claire Kimball.
Brave Spirits Theatre. 'Tis Pity She's a Whore. Directed by Charlene V. Smith. Photo by Claire Kimball.
Brave Spirits Theatre. 'Tis Pity She's a Whore. Directed by Charlene V. Smith. Photo by Claire Kimball.
Brave Spirits Theatre. 'Tis Pity She's a Whore. Directed by Charlene V. Smith. Photo by Claire Kimball.
Brave Spirits Theatre. 'Tis Pity She's a Whore. Directed by Charlene V. Smith. Photo by Claire Kimball.
Brave Spirits Theatre. 'Tis Pity She's a Whore. Directed by Charlene V. Smith. Photo by Claire Kimball.
Brave Spirits Theatre. 'Tis Pity She's a Whore. Directed by Charlene V. Smith. Photo by Claire Kimball.
Brave Spirits Theatre. 'Tis Pity She's a Whore. Directed by Charlene V. Smith. Photo by Claire Kimball.
Brave Spirits Theatre. 'Tis Pity She's a Whore. Directed by Charlene V. Smith. Photo by Claire Kimball.
Brave Spirits Theatre. 'Tis Pity She's a Whore. Directed by Charlene V. Smith. Photo by Claire Kimball.
Brave Spirits Theatre. 'Tis Pity She's a Whore. Directed by Charlene V. Smith. Photo by Claire Kimball.
Brave Spirits Theatre. 'Tis Pity She's a Whore. Directed by Charlene V. Smith. Photo by Claire Kimball.
Brave Spirits Theatre. 'Tis Pity She's a Whore. Directed by Charlene V. Smith. Photo by Claire Kimball.