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The Love of the Nightingale

Red Tape Theatre

Chicago, IL

by Timberlake Wertenbaker

Director: James Palmer

Set Design: William Anderson

Lighting Design: James Palmer

Costume Design: Ricky Lurie

The Love of the Nightingale is an adaptation of the ancient Greek legend of the rape of Philomela by her brother-in-law Tereus, and the gruesome revenge undertaken by Philomela and her sister Procne. The play takes a feminist look at the ancient tale. The design team's inspiration was the work of photographer Jim Fiscus and his collection The Unfortunate Moment of Misunderstanding. Moment acts as a photographic novella  about a wood carver who creates the same doll over and over again.