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.
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.