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 secrets and the trouble they bring. And what happens when they won't go quietly to the grave.
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Second Death of a Mad Wife

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  • 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!
  • Jessie Salsbury:
    7 Jan. 2019
    Are you looking for a haunting, other-wordly Gothic play that will surprise you? This is the one. Kelly McBurnette-Andronicos is a master at dialogue that is unique and world-building. You won't hear another play like it. This will be a delight to see on its feet. Unique role for an actress to tackle in Bunny.
  • Scott Haan:
    8 May. 2018
    This story wastes no time in establishing a creepy, mysterious gothic aesthetic in the story of the unorthodox relationship between Bunny Maybrick and Theo Voss. As the narrative unfolds, it gradually unpacks amazing revelations about Bunny's past, about the other characters on the fringe of the story, and about Theo's intentions. No spoilers! You have to read this one for yourself to experience the full effect of the McBurnette-Andronicos gift for character, setting, and mystery.