Second Death of a Mad Wife

[seeking workshop] (60 MINS) Bunny Maybrick began life in an opulent Alabama mansion and is ending it in a squalid shack full of cats in rural Connecticut. In another life, under another, more notorious name, she was once sentenced to life in a Victorian prison for killing her British husband. Now old and preparing for death, Bunny has given away most of her meager belongings, but the heavy contents of her soul...
[seeking workshop] (60 MINS) Bunny Maybrick began life in an opulent Alabama mansion and is ending it in a squalid shack full of cats in rural Connecticut. In another life, under another, more notorious name, she was once sentenced to life in a Victorian prison for killing her British husband. Now old and preparing for death, Bunny has given away most of her meager belongings, but the heavy contents of her soul are harder to leave behind. That is until a local prep school boy, Theo Voss, becomes an accomplice in Bunny’s meandering, mad confession – one that includes adultery, arsenic addiction, and the murder of “Jack the Ripper.” Second Death of a Mad Wife is about a disturbing relationship between two outcasts who share secrets and an appetite for the macabre.
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Second Death of a Mad Wife

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  • Craig Martin:
    24 May. 2019
    It was my honor to participate in an early reading of this script and to later see it as a staged reading at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. The descriptive language of the setting and movements of the cat chorus, combined with their fleeting yet powerful utterances, leaves me wishing to see this play in full production. It's a dance of visual poetry, mixed with uncomfortable tensions and the voices of dark intent. I marvel at its openness and atmosphere, as well as its disdain for making things clear or simple. Beautiful and scary.
  • Steven G. Martin:
    14 May. 2019
    I had the pleasure of attending a staged reading of "Second Death of a Mad Wife" May 14, 2019, at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette in Lafayette, Indiana.

    The script showcases McBurnette-Andronicos' exceptional skills at world building through her research into historic personalities and events; establishing a claustrophobic, uneasy atmosphere; and creating a character-driven mystery that doesn't offer pat answers. I look forward to attending a full production of this play -- it offers a complicated and satisfying night of theatre.
  • Ricardo Soltero-Brown:
    27 Jan. 2019
    A resplendent language fills a forbidding tale of past performances primed for the present, ready to collect on their dues. McBurnette-Andronicus does a phenomenal job of transporting us to a world now recherché with archaic practices and arcane behaviors, it is a mystery from the get-go - with some unexpected, most welcome one-liners. We are lured in by a cat lady who is much defensive in her exchanges, one reason is her mental state. Tokens throughout hold sinister significance and soon it's as if the mansion itself is unstable, the walls bound to cave in at any moment. Highly theatrical!

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    2019