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Shakespeare anniversary brings new Rape of Lucrece

By Carolina Nogueira
For the Herald
In honour of William Shakespeare’s 450th birthday, Monica Maffia presents a live performance of the author’s poem The Rape of Lucrece. In the piece directed, acted and translated by Maffia, the theatre teacher immerses herself in every character of the story during the performance, with the help of costumes and lighting.

This poetic composition narrates the tragedy of Lucrece, a virtuous woman who is attacked by Tarquinius, the king’s son.

After the rape, the regret-ridden Tarquinius flees, leaving the defenceless woman hysterical. The victim demands to see her husband Collatinus, and when he arrives she tells him every detail of what happened and, after that, commits suicide by sticking a knife into her chest.

When the townspeople hear about her fate they decide to take revenge and overthrow Tarquinius’s family.

The set design is full of functional elements ranging from benches to fabrics which modify the composition and help form each character’s identity, while a lamp and heater add light, colour and an aspect of semi-darkness when necessary. Maffia’s costume is simple, a pair of black breeches and a red tee, making her character changes easy — with a simple wardrobe addition she becomes another person.

Alternating between reading and acting, Maffia leads a fully-developed presentation of the famed author’s poem that mixes narration with commentary and interpretations of the author’s text.

With full awareness of her body, stage presence, and using her long hair as a resource, Maffia makes the most of her fitness to move the story forward and transport the audience to a different place and time.

With a career span of seven years and two national tours under her belt, Maffia’s latest work on this version of the British classic showcases her depth of ability, the fidelity of Shakespeare’s communication system and language, and high quality music and acting.

Where and when

British Art Centre, Suipacha 1333. Last performance today. Free admission.

@caritonog

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