"Dark Lady is a powerful, passionate portrayal of two emotionally charged artistic geniuses who meet by chance, love ever briefly, and then are forced apart…" said one critic of its premiere performance. Variety concurred—"stunning repartee…seethes sexuality…riveting"—and described the play's premise "that Shakespeare's 'dark lady of the sonnets' was Italian musician and poetess Emilia Bassano (1569-1645), mistress to England's Lord Chamberlain." Set in plague-wracked London, the play offers rich supporting roles that bubble with earthy humor: the gorgeous aristocrat Hal; the wry earth-mother Dora; the shrewd, craggy Lord Chamberlain; the flamboyant actor Burbage; and the cocky, fierce barmaid Lindy. The play was acclaimed in its Danish premiere, was presented by Ireland's Abbey Theatre, and is optioned for film. A New York Villager critic asserted "Dark Lady will be acknowledged a masterpiece—if I have the slightest gift for theatre prophecy."
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- Type of Show Full-length Play
- Product Code D47000
- Cast Size 7
- Min. Royalty Rate $85/perf
- Cost $39.95
- Approx. Run Time 80 min
- Target Audience High School | College and Adult | Senior Adults
- Performing Group High School | College Theatre | Community Theatre | Professional Theatre
- Genre Comedy | Drama