Theatre: Tis Pity Shes A Whore

Written in 1633, 'Tis Pity She's A Whore is a Jacobean tragedy by John Ford, a different 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?