It’s Valentine’s Day and Alice Arden wants her husband dead. He’s come into money and all she can think about is her lover, Mosby. So, the pair enter into a pact to murder Arden and engage a cluster of killers to do the deed. If only they weren’t so spectacularly inept. Inspired by actual events, this sexy thriller of unknown authorship – some say, Shakespeare – is a bloody, darkly comic Elizabethan noir.
ARDEN OF FAVERSHAM
A TRUE CRIME THRILLER
Adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher & Kathryn Walat
Directed by Jesse Berger
Scenery | Christopher & Justin Swader
Costumes | Mika Eubanks
Lighting | Reza Behjat
Original Music & Sound | Greg Pliska
Props | Samantha Shoffner
Joshua David Robinson
Thomas Jay Ryan
David Ryan Smith
The cast is led by Cara Ricketts as Alice (Broadway: Time and the Conways; Off-Broadway: Measure for Measure - TFANA; several seasons at Stratford Festival), Thomas Jay Ryan (Broadway: West Side Story, The Nap, The Crucible, In the Next Room Or The Vibrator Play; Off-Broadway: Becky Nurse of Salem, The Temperamentals) as her husband Arden, and Tony Roach as her lover Mosby (Broadway: Flying Over Sunset, My Fair Lady, Bright Star; Off-Broadway: The Liar - CSC). They are joined by Veronica Falcón (New York stage debut), Zachary Fine (Broadway: China Doll with Al Pacino; Off-Broadway: Coriolanus - Red Bull Theater); Emma Geer (Prayer for the French Republic - MTC, Mary Page Marlowe - Second Stage); Joshua David Robinson (The Minutes - Broadway, The Unbelieving - Off-Broadway); Thom Sesma (A Man of No Importance - CSC, Letters of Suresh - Lortel Award nomination); David Ryan Smith (Broadway: One Man Two Guvnors, Passing Strange; Off-Broadway: Epiphany - Lincoln Center Theater); and Haynes Thigpen (Broadway: Dead Accounts, Misalliance. Red Bull: Revenger’s Tragedy, Duchess of Malfi)....MEET THE CAST
"Arden of Faversham is one of the English-speaking theater’s first true-crime stories. Darkly comic–with a shocking ending–it’s Macbeth meets Double Indemnity meets Fargo. And it features one of the strongest and most mercurial female protagonists in Elizabethan drama, whose wit and passions drive the action. This play has been on my ‘must-do’ list for years, and I’m thrilled to finally have an opportunity to tackle it, especially in a crackling new adaptation by Jeffrey Hatcher and Kathryn Walat. Their work heightens the thrills, sharpens the laughs, and deepens the passions of the original, enlivening the ways in which this rarely-produced classic speaks – playfully and powerfully – to today’s audiences."
–JESSE BERGER | Founder & Artistic Director