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"

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

Costume sketch

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

At the Bacchus festival

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Jim Fiscus research
Jim Fiscus research

for Philomela puppet people

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