Briefly, the plot centers around the young, widowed duchess (Elisabeth Ahrens), whose brothers, a cardinal and a duke (David Yearta and DeMario McGrew) are most reluctant for her to marry again, as it would dilute their inheritance. They’re even more outraged when she picks for her intended the steward of her household (Dolph Paulsen) and promptly begins having children with him. To avenge the family honor, the brothers decide that the duchess must be punished. But as the evening wears on, sometimes seemingly interminably, one starts to wonder, why must we be punished too?
Elisabeth Ahrens, Heather Kelley and Jason Peck in the FSU/Asolo Conservatory’s The Duchess of Malfi.