Theatre: Tis Pity Shes A Whore

Written in 1633, 'Tis Pity She's A Whore is a Jacobean tragedy by John Ford set in Parma, Italy. The play is centered on the relationship between brother and sister Giovanni and Annabella, and explores the social ramifications of incest. Several sub-plots are woven into the story that involve Anabella's other suitors, an assassination attempt and an unexpected return from the dead.

This show provides examples of:

  • Ax-Crazy: Giovanni in the final scene.
  • Brother-Sister Incest: Giovanni/Annabella - the main plot of the show.
  • Servile Snarker: Vasques, particularly in the second half of the show.
  • Title Drop: The final verse of the play.
    Of one so young, so rich in nature's store
    Who could not say, 'tis pity she's a whore?