BST's 'Tis Pity She's a Whore; photo by Claire Kimball

Constantin Stanisklavski’s system of acting and Sigmund Freud’s theories on psychology have had a transformative effect on performances in modern theatre and film. One tenet that has been born out of them is the oft-repeated idea that actors need to be their character’s best advocate. I’ve heard another version of this philosophy – that actors…

Portrait of John Fletcher, Wikimedia Commons

As Brave Spirits Theatre prepares for our incest repertory of A King and No King with ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore, we’d love for our audience to get acquainted with the playwrights behind these stories … Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher (A King and No King, printed 1619) Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher are the…

Brave Spirits Theatre; photo by Claire Kimball

From the Bible and Oedipus Rex to Game of Thrones and Taboo, incestuous relationships have appeared throughout human history, literature, and popular culture. Though we may quickly assume its moral implications today, the legal and religious definitions of incest have had a complicated past … In classical societies like ancient Greece, marriage and sexual intercourse…