The Provok'd Wife - Lafayette Salon Series

The Provok'd Wife

by John Vanbrugh (written in 1697)
Lafayette Salon Series

Tuesday, August 28th, 2018
7:00 pm
Lucky Jack's

129 Orchard Street
New York, NY 10002


Jeremy Beck
Jane Cortney
Seth Duerr
William Tatlock Green
Julia Beardsley O'Brien
Ashley Shamoon
Makaela Shealy
Stewart Walker
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The hitherto virtuous Lady Brute is provoked to infidelity by her sour husband Sir John Brute. Married in haste – she for money, he for sex – the Brutes are shackled by wedlock but looking for diversions. He goes off for a drunken night on the town and ends up before a magistrate, disguised in his wife's frock. Meanwhile, Lady Brute and her niece Belinda dress as Shepherd Market doxies for a secret tryst with their suitors Heartfree and Constant and are spied on by the envious Lady Fanciful, who wants Heartfree for herself. Belinda, despite interference from Lady Fanciful, wins her man and marries for love. But it ends sadly for the boozy Brute who attempts to rape his wife, discovers two gallants lurking in his wardrobe and finally ends up accepting certain situations rather than rather becoming a human pincushion (i.e., fighting a duel to satisfy his honor).