By: John Webster

Take Control. Take Action. Make History.

Victorian clothed Duchess with a sword

About the Show

When the widowed Duchess of Malfi chooses to love again, honestly and defiantly, the men in her family do everything in their power to break those that would dare to flout the unspoken rules of a “traditional” society. “Despite the 407 years between the premiere of Duchess of Malfi and today, in some ways very little has changed,” states Rice. “This production will focus on the (unfortunately timeless) theme of the power held, and desperately clung to, by a patriarchal society, and how something as simple as two people openly loving each other outside of that dichotomy is an inherent threat to those in power (then and today). Toxic masculinity is still an insidious disease. It lashes out at marginalized communities. It also eats away at some men, making them feel, to paraphrase a section of the text, like they’re ‘wearing a wolf-skin that is hairy on the inside.'”

WHERE Factory Theater
1623 Howard St, Chicago, IL
WHEN April 16, 2020 – May 30, 2020
SHOWTIMES Thursdays, Fridays
and Saturdays at 8:00pm
Sundays at 3:00pm
PREVIEWS April 16, 17, 18, 19, 24, 2020
PRESS OPENING Saturday, April 25, 2020 at 8:00pm
CLOSING NIGHT Saturday, May 30 at 8:00pm

This production uses realistic staged violence in the telling of the story.


Hayley Rice*

Maya Vinice Prentiss

* Denotes BWBTC Ensemble Member

**Tickets: Previews $10; student and senior tickets are $15 and general admission are $28. Every show has limited tickets for Industry for $10, must present proof of theatre industry affiliation.

***Ticket sales end 3 hours before curtain. Seats may still be available even if it says no longer available.***

BWBTC will be collecting charity donations for (TBA Charity) closing week of the run.

PLAYWRIGHT: John Webster

DIRECTOR: Hayley Rice*

FIGHT CHOREOGRAPHY: Maya Vinice Prentiss

CAST: Carina Lastimosa (Julia/Doctor), Andy Monson (Delio), Jhenai Mootz (Duchess), Shane Richlen (Ferdinand), June Thiele (Antonio), Carlos Wagener-Sobrero (Cardinal), and Maureen Yasko* (Bosola)

PRODUCTION TEAM: Nina Attinello (lighting design), Hannah Foerschler (sound design), Rose Hamill (production manager), Roxie Kooi (stage manager), Jennifer L. Mickelson* (intimacy design), Jessica Van Winkle (costume design), and Mara Ishihara Zinky (scenic design)

* = BWBTC ensemble member