November 22-26, 2017
Teatro do Bairro, Lisboa
Cast & Crew
Simone, a merchant Daniel Cotterall
Bianca, his wife Allie Mazon
Guido Bardi, a prince of Florence Diogo Velez
Sound Pedro Moura and Goncalo Romao |Video & Photo Helena Gokotta, Catarina Alma Takver
Production assistants Daniel Rooney and Nicole Hutcheson
A FLORENTINE TRAGEDY
Inspired by Oscar Wilde
A STORY OF CHOICE, PASSION AND CRIME
Is all this mighty world
Narrowed into the confines of this room
With but three souls for poor inhabitants?
Wine merely is it? I have heard it saidWhen wine is spilt blood is spilt also,But that’s a foolish tale.
A FLORENTINE TRAGEDY|BACKSTAGE
In Oscar Wilde’s theatrical fragment, A FLORENTINE TRAGEDY, Simone, a merchant who sells embroidered cloth to the nobility in 16th century Florence, returns home one evening to stumble upon the beginnings of an affair between his neglected wife, Bianca, and Guido, the callow prince of the realm. Frustrated by his dysfunctional marriage, made to witness his woman being snatched away in an act of moral thievery, disgusted by the entitlement of his social betters and by the fecklessness of this stranger who invites himself into another’s heart, a slow-burning rage is stirred in the bruised and embattled Simone. In a universe shrunk to a single room, the three people spin their scarlet-stained futures on the fatigued loom of destiny, until violence surges as the only possible path to redemption or damnation.