The First Actress

The First Actress

The First Actress

by: Ben Orkow

by: Ben Orkow

The First Actress

The First Actress

by: Ben Orkow

by: Ben Orkow

Overview

Befriending a group of strolling players who have been thrown into her father's jail, the lovely young Felicia helps them escape, and then heads off to London with their promise that they will assist in furthering her theatrical ambitions—even though the laws of the time prohibited females on stage. Disguising herself as a boy (which leads to a number of tense—and funny—situations), and with no help from her supposed "friends," Felicia meets both Shakespeare and Richard Burbage, the leading actor of his company. Taken on as a stagehand, "Felix" soon progresses to featured women's roles—culminating in a luminous command performance of Romeo and Juliet for Queen Elizabeth. In the end Felicia is found out, but mercifully forgiven, while along the way the play teems with humor, colorful action and a stirring sense of the places, people and mood of the fascinating era which it so eloquently evokes.

Authors

Ben Orkow

Ben Orkow