Carrie Preston and Lost’s Michael Emerson in “A Woman Killed With Kindness”

November 9, 2009 by  

Carrie Preston and Michael EmersonTrue Blood‘s Carrie Preston (Arlene Fowler) and her husband Michael Emerson from ABC’s ‘Lost’ will star in the Thomas Haywood production of “A Woman Killed with Kindness” at The Theatre at St. Clement’s on December 28th. This domestic tragedy chronicles the fall of a pure wife, the fate of a young virgin, and dissects the nature of revenge.

The plot tells the story about a married couple, John Frankford and Mary Acton, whose marriage is ruined when Master Frankford invites an impoverished gentleman into his house as a companion and his wife falls for the interloper’s wiles. She is caught in her adulterous affair and, instead of being given a harsh or death sentence, is sent away to live a lonely but comfortable life. Full of remorse, she gives herself a harsher punishment and starves herself to death, but receives forgiveness from her husband in her dying moments.

The main plot is contrasted with a subplot about virtuous Susan Mountford, who is prostituted by her brother out to Sir Francis Acton (Anne’s brother), as Susan’s brother is deeply in debt to him.  Susan retains her virtue, and in the end, Sir Francis Acton falls in love with and marries Susan and discharges her brother’s debt.

The domestic tragedy play is considered to be Thomas Haywood’s masterpiece and was first performed in 1603 and published in 1607.  The play will be directed by Kay Matschullat.

Tickets are going quickly, seats may still be available for purchase at Ovationtix

Source: Schvoong, Wikipedia, Red Bull Theatre

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