Tis Pity She's a Whore

Play

Writers: John Ford

Overview

Show Information

Book
Category
Play
Number of Acts
5
First Produced
1633
Genres
Drama, Tragedy
Settings
Period, Multiple Settings
Time & Place
parma, italy, early 1600s
Cast Size
large
Licensor
None/royalty-free
Ideal for
College/University, Mature Audiences, Professional Theatre, Regional Theatre
Casting Notes
Mostly male cast
Includes adult, mature adult, young adult characters

Synopsis

A brother and sister and their forbidden love - this is the premise of John Ford’s dark revenge tragedy ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore. Young Parman nobleman Giovanni is desperately in love with his sister Annabella, and is overjoyed when she reciprocates his feelings. But they know that their incestuous passion must remain a secret, a secret they believe they can keep - until Annabella is pregnant. With suitors clambering for Annabella’s hand in marriage, the solution seems obvious: She must marry one of them right away to save her honor and keep the secret. Will this plan work? With multiple revenge schemes, jilted lovers, and manipulative servants, ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore spares no character from heartbreak, leaving the audience in shock at the lengths someone will go to in the name of love.

Lead Characters