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    Tis Pity She's a Whore

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    An all-female production staged in a nightclub with an onstage band, "Tis Pity She's a Whore" tells a story that is as shocking now as it was in the 1630's — that of a brother and sister who conceive a child. In this new adaptation, director R.J. Tolan stages the show in a nightclub (Speeed), with a full rock score performed by an onstage band. Giovanni, the brother who falls in lust with his sister, is the lead singer of a rock group, and he will perform many of the songs with the band as part of the show. This new 'TIS PITY is more than a rock musical, it is a punk rock show combined with a classic play. The costumes, designed by club/fetishwear clothier Garo Sparo and San Francisco Shakespeare Festival veteran Becky Hubert, will reflect the sensuality of the play. Like all Women's Shakespeare Company productions, this one features an all-female cast. The Women's Shakespeare Company was founded by Artistic Director Kelly Ann Sharman to give women the opportunity to play roles they are not usually able to play by producing classic works with all-female casts. In other words, the women will play male roles as men, just as men played women's roles in Elizabethan times. Previous productions include Measure For Measure at Altered Stages and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead at The Abingdon Theatre.

    Dates:  March 18, 2002 - April 20, 2002
    Previews start: March 15, 2002
    Schedule:  Fri.-Sat. 8 p.m. plus Mon. March 18 and 25
    Venue:  Speeed, 20 West 39th Street
    Price:  $15
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    Tickets/info:  (212) 501-1986

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