photo by Tom Smith. Robert Elliott & Tina Goff

Tina Marie Goff as Emilia Bassano and Robert Elliott as Will Shakespeare.  PCPA Tom Smith

Needs 4 men, 3 women on an open stage.

Lotte Herman as Emilia Bassano and Flemming Sorenson as Will Shakespeare.Aalborg Theatre, Denmark. photo: Buus Jensen

(anatomy of an affair)

"a fine Elizabethen juggle of intrigue, betrayal, passion... stunning repartee…seethes sexuality…riveting"

IRISH PRESS said "a beautiful and evocative love story... utterly beguiling"

SPEJLET in Copenhagen said "brilliant"
VILLAGER in New York said "a masterpiece."

"Dark Lady is a powerful, passionate portrayal of two emotionally charged artistic geniuses who meet by chance, love ever briefly, and then are forced apart…" said FIVE-CITIES TIMES-PRESS-RECORDER

—and VARIETY described the play's premise "that Shakespeare's 'dark lady of the sonnets' was Italian musician and poetess Emilia Bassano (1569-1645), mistress to England's Lord Chamberlain."

Set in plague-wracked London, the play offers rich supporting roles that bubble with earthy humor. The play was acclaimed in its Danish premiere, produced by Ireland's Abbey Theatre, published, translated into German and optioned for film.

Needs 4 men, 3 women on an open stage.

“utterly beguiling... seductive night of theatre.”

“sheer adventure of a wonderful yarn”

"DARK LADY will be acknowledged a masterpiece - if I have the slightest gift for theatre prophecy.

"Dark Lady is one of the best new plays I've encountered in the last decade either here or in England."
(New York critic, Tish Dace)

"With a voice both poetic and theatrical, she [Sunde] dramatizes historical epochs in epic scope, making hers a distinctive, even unique, contemporary American drama, more akin to European than to other American plays."
from "SUNDE" entry

"Shakespeare as a lover...rewarding...tightly-written, cleverly-argued ...taut, passionate portrayals.”

“...compelling, engrossing...a living breathing man, crazy in love...the romantic, earthy tale of a compelling physical love.”

“Will and the mysterious lady in his life…the woman he worships, can't get, and knows he can't keep. ...terrible obsession… heroine in all senses of the word...blooms with spirit and discipline of a full-grown woman.”
--POLITIKEN Copenhagen

"They are in the same boat, the Woman and the Artist in DARK LADY…both dependent upon those who have power and money...passionate portrait…witty, strong, decisive.”

A century is long. Four centuries - impossible to imagine.
But a child born today and raised near a theatre will still be most excited,
most haunted, by writer born so many years ago.

He was a country boy. Players came to town.
He followed them to the city, became an actor, began to write their material.

Popular beauties then were powder-skin blondes.
But someone dark and tempestuous provoked his passion.
Someone musical.

We have never known who.
But now, a woman has been found, a woman dark,
tempestuous, and musical. And more. This woman was a poet.
It is too delicious to ignore. She was Emilia Bassano.

{ A. L. Rouse found her. }

“...fine Elizabethan juggle of intrigue, betrayal, passion... seethes sexuality... riveting.”
“One of the most powerful antiwar plays ever penned.”
--Plays International, London
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