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Ducdame: Dames of Thrones • Women in Shakespeare’s Histories

  • Adobe Rose Theater 1213 Parkway Drive Santa Fe, NM, 87507 United States (map)

The award-winning LAMDA-trained theater ensemble from New York City, the Ducdame Ensemble, perform an original piece featuring the women from Shakespeare’s history plays.

These plays are full of remarkable women: Queen Margaret, who appears in four plays; Queen Eleanor who leads a war at 80 years old; Queen Ann who hears of her husband’s overthrow via the gardeners; Hostess Quickly, who also appears in four plays and is a queen of sorts to the lower class, along with her friend Doll Tearsheet; Constance, who fights for her son’s right to the throne; young Blanche, who becomes a pawn between countries; the Duchess of York, who fights for her son’s life; Woodstock’s wife, who bewails his murder; Lady Percy, who runs as an equal with her madcap husband, Hotspur; Katherine of France, who recognizes that she is also a pawn; the Countess of Auvergne, who tries to capture the most powerful warrior in the English army; Joan of Arc, who leads the battles; the Duchess of Gloucester who is desperate for more power; and others. 

$20 general admission
$10 students

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The pretty-vaulting sea refused to drown me,
Knowing that thou wouldst have me drown’d on shore,
With tears as salt as sea, through thy unkindness:
The splitting rocks cower’d in the sinking sands
And would not dash me with their ragged sides,
Because thy flinty heart, more hard than they,
Might in thy palace perish Margaret.
— Margaret in 2 Henry VI