Lucrece and the Two Janes
Jane and Other Jane live in a nursing home for dying Roman gods. They bicker over their differing versions of an event that changed the course of history, the rape and suicide of Lucretia. They can only settle their disagreement by opening the archive and replaying once again what led up to the night when the birds were aflame and dying. Based on the narrative poem "The Rape of Lucrece" by William Shakespeare.
Rome, 509 BCE
- LUCRECE. Early 20s. Intelligent, open-hearted, passionate.
- JANE. One face of Janus, God of Fate and Beginnings.
- OTHER JANE. Other face of Janus, God of Doorways and Endings. Played by a male.
- MAIA. Early 20s. Lucrece’s Maid. A pre-proto-Goth-junior-feminist. Has a girlcrush on Lucrece. Played by the actor playing Jane.
- AUGUSTA. 19. Lucrece’s Maid. Immature in a sweet way. Adores Lucrece. Played by the actor playing Other Jane.
- COLLATINUS. Mid-30s. Lucrece’s husband. A handsome, confident general who’s had a LOT of battle successes. Loves Lucrece, though he’d readily list her as property on any inventory of his estate.
- LUCRETIUS. 50-ish but not old. Lucrece’s papa. A distinguished statesman who is a self-important yammerer.
- BRUTUS. Mid-30s. Another general and Collatinus’ friend. Smart, cool, detached, almost chillingly so. A mix of idealism and pragmatism. A politician in the best sense. An ancestor of Brutus that killed Caesar.
- PRINCE TARQUIN. Around 30. Son of King Tarquin the Proud. Young, handsome, charming when it suits his ends but can be abrupt or dismissive. Is probably a serial date rapist and unaware he has a problem.
Production & Development History
Workshops at Lark Play Development Center, with Cait Robinson, and with Kate Powers. An earlier, one-act version of the play was produced under the title "Shakespeare's 'Rape of Lucrece'" by Washington Shakespeare Company.