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Justine C. Turner plays the title character in The Duchess of Malfi.

The Duchess of Malfi

Photo credit: Chris Ocken



Season 24

Apr 22, 2012–May 26, 2012

3829 N. Broadway

As far as the brothers of the newly widowed duchess are concerned, she has no business marrying again. They have their own ideas about what should be done with her wealth and body. When they learn that she has not only secretly married a decent man with no title to his name, but intends to run off with him and as many valuables as she can carry, her brothers’ greed and incestuous jealousy set off a grisly cycle of vengeance upon vengeance. Based on actual events in the Italian court of the sixteenth century, Webster’s classic tale of love and savagery will mark the Strawdog debut of our new Artistic Director Brandon Bruce, the acclaimed director of BackStage Theatre Company’s award-winning The Skin of Our Teeth and Shattered Globe’s critically lauded The Little Foxes.

RECOMMENDED … Strawdog’s production is admirably dynamic and intense … the show is truly vital and spirited, and the energy never flags; this is a production that lives up to the sort of highbrow pulp that we’d hope from the theatrical experience … an adept, powerful production.”

— New City


Nigel Brown

as Pescara

McKenzie Chinn

as Julia

Josh Davis

as Bosola

Cate Davison

as Delia

Lindsey Dorcus

as Cariola

Stephen Dunn

as Antonio

Paul Fagen.

Paul Fagen*

as Castruchio

Kyle Gibson*

as Doctor

Andrew Goetten

as Malateste

Michael Sherwin

as Silvio

John Taflan

John Taflan

as Ferdinand

Justine C. Turner.

Justine C. Turner*

as The Duchess

Christopher Walsh

as The Cardinal

Creative Team

John Webster

Brandon Bruce

Christine Scarfuto

Brandon Bruce

Anna Brenner
Assistant Director

Joe Schermoly
Set Design

Jordan Kardasz*
Light Design

Joanna Melville*
Costume Design

Mary O'Dowd
Props Design

Mike Przygoda

Mike Przygoda
Music Director

Aly Renee Amidei*
Makeup Design

Mike Przygoda
Sound Design

S. Thomasin Barsotti
Movement Director

Matt Buettner
Technical Direction

Lindsey Miller
Stage Manager

Dan Laushman
Master Electrician

Kyle Hamman*
Production Manager

* Strawdog Theatre ensemble member