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A VERY GREAT MISCHIEF

Off-Off Broadway | NZ Fringe Festival | Brighton Fringe Festival

A Very Great Mischief is a queer spin on Cyrano Bergerac and Twelfth Night in the farcical style of Oscar Wilde. Written by emerging playwright Laura Anthony (they/them), this play tells the story of two British families turned upside down by the discovery that homoerotic tendencies are not exclusively male, no matter what the laws of Great Britain might declare.


The events which occur in the script are inspired by the true story of a resolution to add "acts of indecency by females" to then already-extant buggery laws of Great Britain. The clause was presented in August 1921 to amend Section 11 of the Criminal Law Amendment Act 1885, which was used to send Oscar Wilde to prison in 1895, for ‘committing acts of gross indecency with male persons’. Such an amendment was lambasted by the Earl of Desart as "a very great mischief" that would not deter women from same-sex encounters, but rather inform those who were not aware that they could engage in such acts.

The original cast of A Very Great Mischief features:

Laura Anthony as Cyrene

Jessi Baden-Campbell as Lady Thurston

Mari Blake as Christine

Andrea Rose Cardoni as Roxane

Sky Nelson as Lewis

Cameron Pillitteri as Antony

Mark Simmons as Lord Thurston

L.A. Mars, Director

Rose Hanahan, Assistant Director

Erin Sabat, Stage Manager

Lisa Geerhart, Stage Manager

Thomas Donohoe, Technician

Vincent Fiammetta, Carpenter

Stephen Crooks, Set Designer

This Off-Off Broadway production of A Very Great Mischief was filmed in front of a live studio audience at Theater for the New City in New York, NY.