Early Modern Women Theatre Makers. Performing The Tragedy of Mariam and Constructing Stage History

Ramona Wray, Elizabeth Schafer (contributing editor)


Since the rediscovery of Elizabeth Cary’s drama, The Tragedy of Mariam, the play and its author have generated a veritable critical industry. Yet little has been written about performance, a lacuna explained by a reluctance to think about Mariam as a theatrical creation. This article challenges the current consensus by arguing for the play’s theatrical imprint and by analysing two 2013 perform­ances — a site-specific production at Cary’s birthplace, and a production by the Lazarus Theatre Company. Throughout, Mariam engages with casting, costume, lighting, set, and movement, issues that have mostly been bypassed in Cary studies.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.12745/et.18.2.2542

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