The Death of Don Flagrante Delicto
A Gesturology of Morals
By Kirk Wood Bromley
Directed by Howard Thoresen / produced by Chad Gracia / sets by Reid Farrington
lights by Morgan von Prelle Pecelli / costumes by Karen Flood / music by Jessica Grace Wing
props by Andrew Theodorou / management by Carolyn Jones, Jessica Madri and Liza Frank
Cast: Jesse Atlas, Alan Benditt, Tommy Diaz*, Alexandra Farkas, Kathleen Hunt*, Billie James*, Russell G. Jones*,
Bob Laine, Julie Lund*, Melanie Martinez, Matt Oberg*, Dave Shalansky, Joshua Spafford, Darius Stone*, Hank Wagner.
* Appear courtesy of Actors’ Equity / An Equity Approved Showcase
The Greenwich Street Theater – 547 Greenwich Street
Thursdays – Sundays, October 26 – November 19, 2000 / 7:30 pm
$12 with reservations, $15 at the door
call 212-501-4528 for reservations and information
The time is 1865, and the Civil War has just ended. The place is a southern plantation near Lynchburg, Virginia, where slavery, brutality, and incest thrive. The master of this plantation, however, is Don Flagrante Delicto, an eccentric and maniacal genius who writes and directs fantastical plays which are performed by his family, slaves, and neighbors on a small stage behind the house.
Tonight’s performance is entitled “Aethelbert and Augustine,” the true story of the 600 AD conversion of the Anglo-Saxons to Christianity. The audience – a northern nurse, a southern soldier, and a freed slave – are chained to their seats. As the play-within-the-play unfolds, Don Flagrante, knowing his way of life has come to an end, roars about the stage, narrating the story, taunting the audience, and attempting to justify “the peculiar institution” before he poisons himself and his “family” in a mass suicide.
Part morality play, part nihilist rant, part slave revolt, The Death of Don Flagrante Delicto is certain to anger, enthuse, and entertain, as it breaks and re-builds every taboo on which America is founded.