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The Maids Tragedy (Melbourne Theatre company) The Maid's Tragedy (MTC)

The Maid’s Tragedy
The Melbourne Theatre Company

Assistant Stage Manager for The Maid’s Tragedy, a Jacobean tragedy written by Francis Beaumont & John Fletcher, from October 26 to November 26, 1983 at the Athenaeum Theatre for the Melbourne Theatre Company (Artistic Director John Sumner).

Directed by Barry Kyle; Composed by Nick Bicat; Designed by Tony Tripp; Musical Direction by Robert Gavin; Choreography by Jeanette Bolding, Lighting Design by Jamieson Lewis; Assistant Director: Egil Kipste & Kirsten Von Bibra; Stage Managed by Peter Morrell; Deputy Stage Manager: Susan Benfer; Assistant Stage Managed by Toby Simkin; Production Manager: Ian Cookesley and Lighting Operator: Andrew Moon.

Starring Elizabeth Alexander, Simon Chilvers, Robert Coleby, Peter Curtin, Gary Down, Lewis Fitz-Gerald, Edward Hepple, Edwin Hodgeman, Susanna Lobez, Rona McLeod, Jane Menelaus, Johnny Quinn, Pamela Rabe, Steven Tandy and David Whitney.

Note: Simon Chilvers filled in for a few nights after Peter Curtin fractured his ankle.

The Maid’s Tragedy

Set in Rhodes. The king asks Amintor to break his engagement to Aspatia and marry Evadne, who is sister to his friend Melantius. On their wedding night, Evadne reveals that she is the king’s mistress, cannot sleep with him, wants him to pretend they are married. He later tells Melantius, who urges his sister, now repentant, to kill the king. She disguises herself as her brother, fights a duel with Amintor, who wounds her; as she is dying, Evadne arrives from killing the king, hoping now to be accepted by Amintor but he spurns her and she kills herself. Aspatia reveals her identity and dies.

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