Sunday, September 6, 2009

Upcoming: The Wife of Bath, staged reading at the Vortex Repertory, September 9

UPDATE: Comments by Miranda Saucedo at the blog of, June 4

UPDATE: Review by Clare Canavan for the Statesman's Austin360 "Seeing Things" blog, June 1

Found on-line:

VORTEX Repertory Company presents
a free workshop reading of

The Tale of the Wife of Bath

Adapted from Chaucer
by Lorella Loftus and Shekhar Govind

Wednesday, September 9, 8 p.m.

Geoffrey Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, an early masterpiece of Middle English, and his Wife of Bath’s Tale in particular, offer remarkable insight into the role of women in the late Middle Ages. Several centuries later, the Wife of Bath’s Tale is as fascinating and as relevant to the modern reader as it was then.

Now, in an inventive new form, Lorella Loftus has crafted an original vision of this story from Chaucer’s text, and from a translation of the Tale’s Prologue left for us by our late, great, friend, Shekhar Govind.

In a tribute to Govind’s wonderful sense of humor, Loftus takes a fresh new approach to the venerable story of the Wife of Bath, with some interesting surprises along the way.

Become a part of the process of developing this new work by listening to a free reading of this work in progress on Wednesday, September 9 at 8 p.m. in The Vortex Café. Opportunities for discussion and written feedback afterward. This show is scheduled for production in late May.

The café is now serving fabulous gourmet sandwiches, tamales, cake and ice cream, in addition to our exceptional assortment of beer and wine and homemade sangria.

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