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By Phillip Massinger

In The Unnatural Combat, Massinger offers a world where there exists a thin line between virtue and vice, and warns us that every evil thing we do makes the next that much easier. At a time when cruelty has become the lingua franca of our political discourse, The Unnatural Combat calls out to us from four centuries ago, begging us to consider whither we may be going.

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Unnatural Combat

By John Fletcher

Fletcher’s play is set in London after Katharina’s death, and Petruchio is remarried to Maria. However, he still has nightmares that Katharina will haunt him as a ghost and he resolves to be even firmer with his new wife. While Shakespeare’s Katherina is subdued by her bullying husband Petruchio, Fletcher turns things on their head by letting women tame men. Sit back and enjoy this radical sequel to William Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew.

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The Woman’s Prize

By Margaret Cavendish

Written in the early days of the Restoration after the English civil war, the story follows a group of cavaliers who return home to find their family estates have vanished and that they have no viable options for income. Meanwhile, their sisters find their marriage prospects bleak and their brothers less than helpful. This band of sisters joins together and uses their wits to navigate the marriage front in the midst of the English Restoration.

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The Sociable Companions

By Francis Beaumont

Adapted by: Amanda M. Rogus

A theatre company’s journey takes an unexpected turn as they attempt to perform their play, THE LONDON MERCHANT. Moments after the show begins, a couple in the audience interjects as they rewrite the story to star their own son, Rafe. As the play continues, this meta-theatrical wonderment evolves into a spin on The Knight’s Tale and Love Triangle with a plot driven by adventure.

Performed February 13, 2021

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The Knight of the Burning Pestle

Samuel Coleridge believed that the three best plots in literature were Oedipus Rex, Henry Fielding’s Tom Jones, and Ben Jonson’s early modern play, The Alchemist. Set amidst a time of plague, three swindling rogues, Face, Subtle, and Doll Common, set up shop in the house of their master, who has fled from London to the country to escape the pandemic. As the cons and dupes pile up, the three try to maintain their ruses with a series of disguises, tricks, and double-crosses. Full of extravagant language, farcical action, and comic hijinks, The Alchemist was performed by The King’s Men in Shakespeare’s time, and has had many successful revivals with its combination of sharp wit and unrelenting momentum.

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Hannah Adrian, Rotimi Agbabiaka, Karen Alvarado, Susan Bennett, Patrick M. Bentley, Diana Guizado, Kat Hermes, Daniel L. Keegan, James Loehlin, Katie Logan, Brett Sullivan Santry, Reagan Tankersley, Ania Upstill, David Higbee Williams.

Performed January 23, 2021

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The Alchemist