The Duchess of Malfi, by John Webster, is adapted and directed by Michael Halberstam.
This rarely performed Jacobean drama has all the trappings of a summer blockbuster thriller. The Duchess of Malfi's brothers are outraged when they learn of their sister's forbidden marriage to Antonio, her servant. Politically threatened by this union, the brothers create a web of lies, betrayal, espionage, insanity and murder to guarantee the downfall of the Duchess. Penned by of one of England's great early dramatists, the play is rich with poetry and filled with surprising turns and circumstances.