NEW PRODUCTION OF 'THE MAID'S TRAGEDY' IN TRIBECA
THE MAID’S TRAGEDY
NEW YORK, NY -- Pocket Universe, producer of last summer’s acclaimed Julius Caesar set in an all-girls high school, has announced a new production of Francis Beaumont & John Fletcher’s THE MAID’S TRAGEDY, set in present-day Hollywood. Conceived by Alyssa May Gold (Julius Caesar, Brilliant Traces) and directed by Lucy Gram, it will play from June 13-30, 2018 at the Access Theater (380 Broadway) in TriBeCa. Tickets are on-sale now here.
THE MAID'S TRAGEDY is a Jacobean revenge drama that centers on the hero Melantius, who must challenge the monarchy and reclaim the family’s honor due to despicable conduct by the King. Traditionally portrayed as a male soldier returning home from war, Melantius discovers the King has arranged a marriage between his social-climbing sister Evadne and his best friend Amintor – a power move to protect the King’s personal interests, which in hand also destroys Amintor’s engagement to his long-time love, Aspatia. The Pocket Universe production reimagines the tragedy as a story of two sisters in present-day Hollywood – a now-female Melantius, film producer, and Evadne, actress – whose different attitudes about sex, fame, and honor collide in the wake of their studio-king’s misconduct. Careers are jeopardized and lives are threatened, as everyone contends with one question: when the person in power robs you of yours, how far will you go to get it back?
Pocket Universe is a New York City-based theater and film production company founded by Alyssa May Gold dedicated to reconsidering and reimagining classic stories and conventions. Their 2017 production of Julius Caesar set in an all-girls high school was hailed as “a radical take on the tragedy… with the capacity to take women seriously at the heart of all” by The New York Times and The Village Voice stated the production featured “provocative staging…that would leave the Bechdel test in its dust.” Stage Buddy raved, “You're going to be hard-pressed to find a more unique, inventive staging of Shakespeare's political drama. The all-female cast feels like a breath of fresh air. Julius Caesar has never been so potent, so moving, or so riveting.”
Alyssa May Gold (Producer) is the founder/President of Pocket Universe as well as an actress and writer. Her work as a producer includes Pocket Universe’s acclaimed production of Julius Caesar, the web series “You Made It Worse,” (which she wrote and directed), the indie feature Dream Years and a season as the associate producer for BEDLAM. As an actress, her recent credits include Brilliant Traces with Art of Warr productions, the Tony-nominated revival of Arcadia, Middle of the Night and Lemon Sky with Keen Company, and the film Rebel in the Rye. Alyssa holds a multidisciplinary BA from NYU Gallatin and an MA in Classical Acting from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.
Lucy Gram (Director) is a director of theatre and film based in New York City. She has directed at the NYC Fringe Festival, the 29th Street Playwrights Collective, Jersey City Theatre Center, One Bird Productions, the Dramatists Guild of America, and more. As an assistant director, Lucy has worked with Lisa Peterson, Jessica Kubzansky, Joe Grifasi, and others at companies including Long Wharf Theatre, the Dallas Theater Center, and the Kitchen Theatre Company. She was the associate producer of 2017 Kennedy Center honoree Carmen de Lavallade’s As I Remember It. Lucy is an LA native with a B.A. in Drama and English from Ithaca College.