After six years away, Alceste returns from the wilderness, claiming to be a lycanthrope - a werewolf- to enact revenge upon the Society where "man is wolf to man" in this "unofficial sequel" to Moliere's Le Misanthrope.
Composed in rhyming couplets of iambic pentameter, this play is equal parts Jacobean Revenge Drama, French Farce, and homage to the monster-movies of the 1930s and 1940s.
4 women, 6 men
BEING THE TRAGICAL HISTORY OF THAT MOST NOTORIOUS FRENCHMAN
GILLES DE RAIS, HIS LIFE & DEATH.
A play in verse in two parts by Timothy McCown Reynolds
Part II: THE DEVIL
In which a haunted and desperately inspired Gilles de Rais abandons himself to the forbidding world that his riches, status, and desires urge him to, and in order to bind the Devil to his will, has sent forth his emissaries to the far-flung corners of the known world in search of practitioners of arts both forbidden and arcane.
What comes back to him in answer will hold a mirror up to his very nature and resolve the thorny progress of his life's work and that of his immortal soul.
Part I: THE ANGEL
Powerful forces vie for dominance in mid-fifteenth century France, until the arrival of Joan of Arc inspires a morally bankrupt young but battle-hardened soldier of the fractious French nobility, Gilles de Rais, inheritor to the largest legacy in France, to believe in something other than himself and to forsake the machinations of his grasping grandfather. He becomes her comrade-in-arms at the battles of Orleans, Patay, Paris, and Compeigne.
When she is captured, tried, and put to death, his faith is tested greatly as his grief and rage awaken loathsome temptations from deep within him.
A PENNY DREADFUL
IN ONE ACT
by Timothy McCown Reynolds
New York City, 1899: Follow the sorry progress of a man with three strikes against him - an Irish immigrant making his way as an actor in a strange new city - as his past intersects with his future and memory becomes mummery to resolve his fate and future.
.Inspired by Nick cave's song "Henry Lee" from his 1996 album, Murder Ballads.