The Divine Madness of Isabella

solo performance · theatre unleashed & mad magpie · Ages 13+ · world premiere · one person show · United States of America

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LA Weekly says “GO!”

“Gough recounts this epic story with disarming ease, robust humor and efficiency, and skillfully mimics over twenty characters. She also employs a dazzlingly attractive assortment of masks and puppets throughout.” – LA Weekly

“Gough is wonderful throughout, keeping a frenetic, yet balanced, pace, all the while juggling the numerous props and character changes.” – LA Theatre Review

“There is an appreciable amount of creativity and innovation that makes this more than the average one-person show.” – pLAwriting in the city

How long can you walk the line between genius and insanity?

Lovers. Poets. Zannis. Dukes. Madmen. Enter the world of Isabella Andreini, greatest actress of the commedia dell’Arte. Finding herself performing alone on a stage, Isabella is challenged to improvise a new scenario – the story of her life. Isabella uses her unparalleled craft to tell her story and delve into the madness that fuels her art. Using masks, puppets and sheer imagination, award-winning actress Wendy Gough brings to life some 20+ characters in a show that flies by at a breakneck pace. Produced in association with Mad Magpie.

“the production… is impeccable…"
- Backstage West

“…hysterical, heartrending and surreal.”
– NoHo LA

“…infectiously entertaining and unique…”
– The Tolucan Times

production team

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theatre unleashed *

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mad magpie *

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wendy gough *

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gregory crafts *

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beth wallan *

stage manager
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heather lake *

assistant stage manager
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assistant stage manager
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jim martyka *

press agent
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