Margery Kempe thinks she is a remarkable woman. The rest of the world doesn't quite see it that way.
The Saintliness of Margery Kempe follows the true-life misadventures of the famed English woman of the 14th Century. She begins her career by throwing her lot in with the Devil and buying a brewery. When this doesn’t work out, she decides to become a saint instead, although she has none of the qualifications for the job!
The legendary Austin Pendleton directs this comical and amazingly timely play. The creative team includes playwright and scenic designer John Wulp, lighting designers Jennifer Tipton and Matthew Richards, costume designer Barbara Bell, with original music and sound design by Ryan Rumery. Andrus Nichols, who starred in Bedlam's Sense & Sensibility and earned raves for her portrayal in the title role of Bedlam's acclaimed production of Saint Joan, takes on the role of the less-than-saintly Margery Kempe.
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The Duke on 42nd Street
229 West 42nd Street
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The Duke on 42nd Street
229 West 42nd Street (between 7th and 8th Avenues)
New York, NY, 10036
By Subway: Take the N/Q/R/W, 1/2/3, or 7 to 42nd Street-Times Square or the A/C/E to 42nd Street-Port Authority.
Recommended for ages 14+.
Regular box office hours at The Duke on 42nd Street are: Tues-Fri, 4pm-7pm; Saturday 12pm-6pm. On performance days: Box Office hours are extended on performance days.
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Margery Kempe may have never made it to sainthood, but she did embody saintliness – sort of.
She was an English Christian mystic born in 1373, best known for writing what many consider to be the first autobiography in the English language, The Book of Margery Kempe.
The book sets her way ahead of her time. With no formal education, she documents her life as a frustrated middle-class woman on a spiritual quest. Through her stories, we see her abandon the social restraints and expectations of womanhood of the time to meet top female mystics, start businesses, journey on pilgrimages, battle temptations, and live in spiritual devotion.
Part Hillary Clinton, part Joan of Arc, and part Jane Austen, Margery Kempe is a woman whose story and accomplishments fascinate us and who we believe has a story worth telling.