About This Show

This edgy historical drama smashes the conventional wisdom about “Shakespeare” and the “Virgin” Queen by suggesting the violation of a fundamental human taboo. Shakespeare and the Courtesan follows the travels of Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford and, according to some, the real “William Shakespeare.” Oxford’s journey through Italy is surrealistically juxtaposed with scenes of his life in England, his plays, poetry, passion, betrayal, and murder in a blend of fact and fantasy. (Did Shakespeare/Oxford have a child with his mother, Queen Elizabeth I?) The Bard meets his match when he encounters the beautiful Veronica Franco, an honored Venetian courtesan and published poet.

Show Details

Running Time: 1hr 30min (0 intermissions)
Dates: One Night Only: May 2, 2017
Ticket Office: 917-697-287


John Caliendo Earl of Oxford
Serena Pallottini Veroinca Franco
Cammerron Baits Shaksper and other supporing roles
David K. Moseder William Cecil and other supporting roles
Hannah Howzdy_ Queen Elizbeth and other Supporting Roles