Epicene, or the Silent Woman

Notable performances

Epicœne in America

Major American revivals of Epicœne have been rare. An exception was the Shakespeare Theatre Company of DC's 2003 revival with Daniel Breaker starring as Truewit.

The play has been performed only twice in New York in the last several decades: once in the 1970s at Jean Cocteau Repertory and most recently in 2010, produced by (re:) Directions Theatre Company under the auspices of the "Anybody But Shakespeare Classics Festival," with a woman—Sarah Knittel—in the title role, alongside the following cast:

Michael Kirby.................Dauphine Josh Odsess-Rubin........Truewit Christopher Norwood......Clerimont Robert Gonzales, Jr......Morose Michael-Alan Read........Sir John Daw / Cutbeard / Captain Otter Jack Cantor.................Sir Amorous La Foole Lucy Gillespie.............Mistress Otter Caitlin McColl.............Madam Haughty Victoria Miller..............Mistress Centaur Gina Marie Jamieson.......Mistress Mavis Kathryn Lawson...........Boy / Mute / Parson / Mistress Trusty

The (re:) Directions production was directed by Tom Berger, Assistant Directed by Patrice Miller and performed at the 14th Street Theatre. Numerous alterations to Jonson's text included eliminating most of the gulling of Daw and La Foole, and giving Dauphine the play's final words. Most significantly, the revelation of Epicœne's true nature came not with a pulling off of her wig but with a dropping of her dress, exposing male genitalia. This choice—and the production as a whole—received unanimous critical acclaim.

Other performances

Epicoene; or, The Silent woman; a radio adaptation, starring Marius Goring, Laidman Browne, Gabriel Wolf, Norman Shelley, Vivienne Chatterton, June Tobin, and David Sppenser. BBC, NPR Running Time: 99.7 min


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