Controversial Play with Hartford History at Austin Arts Center This Weekend

’Tis Pity She’s a Whore Staged in Building Named for its Former Director and Star

Hartford, CT, November 10, 2014 – John Ford’s 17th-century tragedy ’Tis Pity She’s a Whore has been likened to Romeo and Juliet, but with one key difference: the play’s star-crossed lovers are also brother and sister. So it should come as no surprise that the play is among the English language’s most controversial works, and that theaters were not always eager to produce the play.

Madison Hummer '18 and Dan Trainor '17 as Annabella and Giovanni in 'Tis Pity She's a Whore
 Though published in 1633, ’Tis Pity She’s a Whore was not produced in the United States until 1926, when it was staged in New York. The play’s second production in the United States was 17 years later, at Hartford’s Wadsworth Atheneum. The play’s director, designer, and star: Everett “Chick” Austin, the founder of Trinity’s Fine Arts Department and namesake of Trinity’s Austin Arts Center, where audiences can see ’Tis Pity She’s a Whore this weekend.

The cast, directed by Barbara Karger, associate professor of theater and dance, consists of Diana Chandler ’18, Chanel Erasmus ’15, Madison Hummer ’18, Milosz Kowal ’18, William Kurach ’18, Eun Sol Lee ’18, Kira Mason ’18, Aadyaa Pandey ’17, Corey Peterson ’18, Allen Rios ’17, Dan Trainor ’17, and Dominic Yao ’15. The creative team includes set designer Evan Adamson, costume designer Elinor “Britt” Watts, lighting designer James Latzel, and sound designer Ritz Ubides. The stage manager is Juan R. Vasquez, Jr. ’15. The poster promoting ’Tis Pity She’s a Whore around campus and throughout Hartford was designed by Pooja Savansukha ’15.

The play will be presented in the Austin Arts Center’s Goodwin Theater November 13 through 15 at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free, but tickets are required and available from the box office at (860) 297-2199.