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Tis Pity She's a Whore

Tis Pity She's a Whore
Your Price: $16.95 CDN
Author: John Ford
Edited by: Lisa Hopkins
Introduction by: Lisa Hopkins
Publisher: Nick Hern Books
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 106
Pub. Date: 2003
ISBN-10: 185459169X
ISBN-13: 9781854591692

About the Book:

John Ford wrote after Shakespeare and was among the last of the Jacobeans, staging plays just before the English Civil War shuttered all theatres. The last decade has seen a revival of interest in John Ford and especially 'Tis Pity She's a Whore, the tragic story of incestuous love between the aristocratic siblings Giovanni and Annabella.

When Annabella is found to be pregnant by her brother, she agrees to a quick marriage of convenience to her suitor nobleman Soranzo. But when the lovers' incestuous secret is discovered, vengeance and bloody murder follow.

A forbidden love, a meddling nurse, a complicit friar, and a tragic and bloody ending — but it's the lurid twist of a brother and sister in love that sets this bloody tragedy of incest and revenge apart from Shakespeare's classic tale of Romeo and Juliet.

'Tis Pity She's a Whore was first Staged in 1633. Jude Law played Giovanni in the 1999 revival at the Young Vic Theatre in London. This was Law's first play since his Tony-nominated work on Broadway in 1995's Indiscretions led to the films that have made him a star.

Cast: 4 women and 12 men.

What people say:

"Playwright John Ford tells his tale like a 17th-century take on Freudian drama, then packs it with plot twists, pulp romance, soap opera, swordfights and stabbings, and vaudeville slapstick." — KQED Arts

"The greatness of Ford's play, apart from its modern starkness of poetry and prose, lies in the humanity with which he shows the tragic obsession. If this unspeakable love is so powerful, who is not susceptible?" — The Independent

"A bloody morality play… complete with incest, revenge, family honor at its most vicious, loyalty, and even faith". — Contra Costa Times

About the Author:

John Ford (1586 to 1640) was an English Jacobean and Caroline playwright and poet. His three major tragedies, 'Tis Pity She's a Whore, The Broken Heart, and Love's Sacrifice, and a historical play, Perkin Warbeck appeared between 1627 and 1634.