Lapis Blue Blood Red

Lapis Blue Blood Red
by Cathy Caplan

Productions (10)
  • Drama
  • 90 - 95 minutes
  • 4 f, 4 m (7-8 actors possible: exactly 4 f, 3-4 m)
  • Content Notes: Adult language and content
  • Set: 17th-century painting studio, with many moveable pieces

Lapis Blue Blood Red
by Cathy Caplan

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Productions (10)
  • Drama
  • 90 - 95 minutes
  • 4 f, 4 m (7-8 actors possible: exactly 4 f, 3-4 m)
  • Content Notes: Adult language and content
  • Set: 17th-century painting studio, with many moveable pieces

Based on the tumultuous life of Italian Baroque painter Artemisia Gentileschi, Lapis Blue Blood Red dramatizes an extraordinary woman's struggle to define herself in the face of overwhelming personal and social odds. The play samples from Gentileschi's letters and the official text of the trial of the man accused of raping her and stealing one of her paintings, unveiling the passion and complexity of a true 17th century story.

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Min. Performance Fee* $80
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Play Details

Based on the tumultuous life of Italian Baroque painter Artemisia Gentileschi, Lapis Blue Blood Red dramatizes an extraordinary woman's struggle to define herself in the face of overwhelming personal and social odds. The play samples from Gentileschi's letters and the official text of the trial of the man accused of raping her and stealing one of her paintings, unveiling the passion and complexity of a true 17th century story.

  • Drama
  • 90 - 95 minutes
  • 4 f, 4 m (7-8 actors possible: exactly 4 f, 3-4 m)
  • Content Notes: Adult language and content
  • Set: 17th-century painting studio, with many moveable pieces

Published Reviews

"Lapis Blue Blood Red is a near-perfect blend of form and content... A powerful work."

J. Wynn Rousuck, Baltimore Sun

"Cathy Caplan's play wastes no time on strident polemics and feminist hagiography. Lapis Blue Blood Red has the tautness of a Law and Order episode as it moves back and forth between 1612 Rome and 1638 Naples, looking at the circumstances of Artemisia's deflowering and public disgrace, her tense relations with her father, Orazio, and daughter, Prudenza, and the determination, pragmatism and sheer talent that let her earn her own living as a painter."

Wall Street Journal

"...a vivid, challenging production by the Juggernaut Theatre Company. The story has plenty of modern day resonance. The rape trial sounds much like one that might take place now, and the parent-child wars are awfully familiar... Ms. Caplan goes for a 'like father, like daughter' theme, among others. There is a sublime moment when the grown Artemisia finds herself yelling at her father with the exact words her father once used against her."

Neil Genzlinger, New York Times

"Ms. Caplan's script is a nuanced treatment that doesn't attempt to flesh out the existing history so much as set a human story in an historic/artistic framework."

Michael Fressola, Staten Island Advance

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MAR 29, 2010 - APR 10, 2010
Edison High School
San Antonio, TX United States
Edison High School San Antonio, TX United States
APR 04, 2009 - APR 04, 2009
Arlington High School
Arlington, TX United States
Arlington High School Arlington, TX United States
NOV 07, 2008 - NOV 16, 2008
The College Of Idaho
Caldwell, ID United States
The College Of Idaho Caldwell, ID United States
MAY 06, 2006 - MAY 06, 2006
Austin High School
Sugar Land, TX United States
Austin High School Sugar Land, TX United States
APR 22, 2006 - APR 22, 2006
Austin High School
Sugar Land, TX United States
Austin High School Sugar Land, TX United States
APR 08, 2006 - APR 08, 2006
Austin High School
Sugar Land, TX United States
Austin High School Sugar Land, TX United States
APR 01, 2006 - APR 01, 2006
Austin High School
Sugar Land, TX United States
Austin High School Sugar Land, TX United States
MAR 24, 2006 - MAR 24, 2006
Austin High School
Sugar Land, TX United States
Austin High School Sugar Land, TX United States
JAN 01, 2002 - DEC 31, 2002
Juggernaut Theatre Company
New York, NY United States
Juggernaut Theatre Company New York, NY United States
JAN 01, 1995 - DEC 31, 1995
Splitting Image Theatre Company
Baltimore, MD United States
Splitting Image Theatre Company Baltimore, MD United States
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JAN 01, 2002 - DEC 31, 2002
Juggernaut Theatre Company
New York, NY United States
Juggernaut Theatre Company New York, NY United States
JAN 01, 1995 - DEC 31, 1995
Splitting Image Theatre Company
Baltimore, MD United States
Splitting Image Theatre Company Baltimore, MD United States