James Baldwin

''Tis Pity She's a Whore' At Yale; 'Jimmy And Lorraine' Revisit Hartbeat

''Tis Pity She's a Whore' At Yale; 'Jimmy And Lorraine' Revisit Hartbeat

The graduate thesis projects for the students in the directing program at the Yale School of Drama are large-scale productions. The acting students at the school spend a year on mastering Elizabethan verse dramas. So a staging of the slightly post-Elizabethan tragedy "'Tis Pity She's a Whore" is an exciting proposition.

Jesse Rasmussen, who did a raw underground rendition of "Alice in Wonderland" at the Yale Summer Cabaret in June, says she was drawn to this provocative drama from the 1630s —which involves incest, multiple murders and outright misogyny — because of "the brutal extremity of it. I call it the dirty little sister to 'Romeo and...

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