by John Ford
“If you would see a beauty more exact
Than art can counterfeit, or nature frame,
Look in your glass, and there behold your own.”
Suitors vie to win Annabella’s hand in marriage, but it is her brother Giovanni, just returned from university, who has all her attention … in every way.
A shocking and controversial tale of love, John Ford’s ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore has both outraged and intrigued audiences over the centuries. The play explores the brother and sister’s relationship, the plots behind the marriage plans, and the shocking consequences. There are murderous feelings of revenge and jealousy that sets the scene for an explosive conclusion.
“Sir, you must be ruled by your reason, and not by your fury; that were inhuman and beastly.”