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.

Jim Fiscus research
Jim Fiscus research

"The Unfortunate Moment of Misunderstanding"

Female Chorus Rendering
Female Chorus Rendering
Female Chorus
Female Chorus
Puppet master
Puppet master
Nurse research
Nurse research
nurse
nurse

Costume sketch

Nurse and Philomela
Nurse and Philomela
Solider research
Solider research
Procne, Tereus, and the soldiers
Procne, Tereus, and the soldiers
 Bacchus festival research
Bacchus festival research
Terus, Procne and the women
Terus, Procne and the women

At the Bacchus festival

Jim Fiscus research
Jim Fiscus research

for Philomela puppet people