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Broken Heart

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The Broken Heart stands next to ‘Tis Pity She's a Whore as Ford's most popular drama. All is not right in Sparta because of, as is typical in this era of tragedies, the issue of marriage. In brief, Penthea wishes to marry Orgilus, but her brother Ithocles gets involved and bans them from doing so. He forces her to marry Bassanes, an abusive brute who happens to be wealthier than Orgilus. Ithocles then realises what he's done wrong and tries to get his friend Prophilus to marry Orgilus's sister Euphrania. Ithocles himself wants to marry the princess of Sparta, Calantha, who chooses him over her current betrothed, her cousin Nearchus. Thus begins a shocking cycle of revenge and recrimination... with predictably grisly consequences. Cast list: Amyclas, King of Laconis: davidpr Ithocles, a Favourite: Stuart Partin Orgilus, Son of Crotolon: Tomas Peter Bassanes, a jealous Nobleman: Hamlet Armostes, a Counsellor of the State: Mike Harris Crotolon, another Counsellor: Khaghbboommm Prophilus, Friend of Ithocles: LindaB Nearchus, Prince of Argos: alanmapstone Tecnicus, a Philosopher: tovarisch Hemophil, a Courtier: Anna Simon Amelus, friend to Nearchus: ToddHW Phulas, Servant to Bassanes: David Purdy Calantha, Daughter of Amyclas: Sonia Penthea, Sister of Ithocles and Wife of Bassanes: Charlotte Duckett Euphranea, Daughter of Crotolon, a Maid of honour: KHand Christalla, a Maid of honour: sawasawaya Grausis, Overseer of Penthea: Availle Groneas, a Courtier: K. Adrian Stroet First Servant: Availle Philema, a Maid of honour: Leanne Yau Stage Directions: Chuck Williamson Editor: Chuck Williamson

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