MAUD – The Madness

May – June, 2007 (Phoenix Theatre Ensemble; New York, NY)

Directed by Niegel Smith, Written by Alfred Lord Tennyson

Consumed by grief due to his father’s untimely death, the protagonist of Tennyson’s “little Hamlet” rages at a world of injustice and hypocrisy. ¬†When Maud, his beautiful childhood friend, resurfaces and gleams with the possibility for reconciliation and renewal, she becomes the one bright thing that may save him from the violent extremes of emotional triumph and despair. The New York premiere of the drama Tennyson’s contemporaries described as ” prose run mad.”