• Mortal Terror: A Professional Reading of Robert Brustein's New Play


A reading of Mortal Terror, a new play about Shakespeare by Robert Brustein, Distinguished Scholar in Residence at Suffolk University, will take place at 4 p.m. Monday, Dec. 7, at the C. Walsh Theatre, 55 Temple St., Boston.

Brustein’s play addresses the backstory to the writing of Macbeth and is the second play about William Shakespeare written by the celebrated director, critic and author.

Mortal Terror is set in 1605, the year of the Gunpowder Plot, a terrorist conspiracy to blow up the houses of Parliament. Shakespeare, delicately balancing his allegiances to assure his own survival, is commissioned by King James to write a play to justify his right to the throne. That play is Macbeth.  

 “Shakespeare was able to maintain his artistry at the cost of rarely taking sides on issues of the day,” said Brustein. “His characters take sides, but he doesn’t.”

Daniela Varon directs. The cast features Stafford Clark-Price, Tommy Derrah, Jeremy Geidt, Michael Hammond, Merritt Janson, John Kuntz, Wes Savick and Jim True-Frost.
Brustein’s earlier play about Shakespeare, The English Channel, addresses his relationship with Christopher Marlowe. It had its professional premiere at Suffolk University and the Vineyard Playhouse on Martha’s Vineyard and was subsequently nominated for the 2008 Pulitzer Prize.

Admission to this event is free.

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