Thursday, July 05, 2007

Winnipeg's Lucrezia Borgia At The Fringe

Winnipeg's Lucrezia Borgia At The Fringe

Regular readers will recall that over the Memorial Day holiday, I traveled to Winnipeg where I took in a reading for a promising new musical by Joseph Aragon called Lucrezia Borgia. At the time, it was still under development.

Since I promised to chart its progress, I wanted you to know that the work apparently is complete and ready to roll in toto at the 2007 Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival.

Directed by Jeffrey Kohut and Carson Nattrass, Lucrezia Borgia will be presented nightly at 7:00 p.m. Winnipeg's Gas Station Theatre, July 18-28 (except for July 23). Tickets are just $8 Canadian.

Lucrezia Borgia is described as:

[A]n original musical that presents a new perspective on the legendary daughter of Pope Alexander VI and her bloody legacy. The Lucrezia of legend has been the subject of countless novels, plays, films and operas -– but was she really the heinous monster history has painted her to be? Historical fact brings to light a different Lucrezia Borgia -– a proud, passionate woman who sought beauty in an ugly world.

This musical explores a side of Lucrezia Borgia history has chosen to ignore – one that focuses on her strength, compassion and vitality for life, as well as her constant struggle between the desire to follow her own heart, and her loyalty to her family and the Borgia name.

Andrea Houssin, who winningly created the role of Lucrezia at the Carol Shields Festival of New Works, will reprise her turn in the complete production.

Since I won't be able to make a return visit to Winnipeg, I invite those who see the performance to comment on the production.

This is Steve On Broadway (SOB).

Click here for Fringe Festival tickets.
Related Stories:
Lucrezia Borgia (The SOB Overview) (May 30, 2007)
Flitting Around Square Winnipeg (May 25, 2007)

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