The Cutting Ball Theater

Written by Jean Racine; In a new translation by Rob Melrose; Directed by Ariel Craft. Phèdre used to be a devoted wife and a model mother. Now her secret desires are becoming harder to hide as her resolve cracks and an attraction to her maturing stepson becomes inescapable and all-consuming. Impossible passions and absolute taboos combust in this classic dramatic tragedy, first staged in Paris in 1677.

This is what SF/Arts curator Jean Schiffman had to say about Phedre :

Cutting Ball’s founder, Rob Melrose, is an old hand at translating scripts from the French; this is his new translation of Jean Racine’s 1677 tragedy, originally written in alexandrine verse, about “illicit love and revenge.” The “illicit love”—spoiler alert—is Phèdre’s for her stepson, Hippolytus. Ariel Craft directs an eight-member cast with Courtney Walsh as the jealous, impassioned title character. The play is re-set in 1950s America.

Event Info
Apr 24 → May 21
Thu at 7 pm, Fri & Sat at 8 pm & Sun at 5 pm
Exit on Taylor
277 Taylor St., San Francisco
Info: 525-1205
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