Scenes From an Execution by Howard Barker

Hosted by Potomac Theatre Project
Directed by Richard Romagnoli


The [email protected] welcomes Potomac Theatre Project’s staged reading of “Scenes from an Execution” by Howard Barker on Saturday and Sunday, April 15-16, 2023. Admission will be free, donations accepted.  The play will feature Broadway actress Danielle Skraastad, Christopher Marshall and Emilia Sargent. Other local actors include Jim Sorensen, Jay Hoff, and Ned Averill-Snell. Directed by Richard Romagnoli, a founder and artistic director of Potomac Theatre Project. 

Potomac Theatre Project (PTP/NYC) has produced 35 seasons of theatre in Washington DC and in NYC, and is launching a new mobile annual program with this event here in Florida.

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About the Play

“Scenes From An Execution” deals with the eternally fractious and complex relationship between the artist and the state. Galactia, a 15th century Venetian painter, is commissioned by the State of Venice to portray the Battle of Lepanto, a naval battle described as “the greatest triumph of Venetian history.” However, her 1,000 square feet of canvas contains quite a different interpretation. Thus the battle over truth, freedom and responsibility is engaged.” Galactia, the central character, is inspired by Artemesia Gentileschi, an Italian Baroque painter of the 17th century whose work is powerful, unsparing and deeply accomplished. “Scenes” is bawdy, passionate, and powerful, possibly Howard Barker’s greatest work.

Review from 2015 production
In sixteenth-century Venice, two artists assess a giant canvas painted by a rival, Galactia.“It’s excessive,” one says. “And so is she.” Galactia, loosely based on the baroque painter Artemisia Gentileschi, is the heroine of Howard Barker’s parable of art and society, revived by PTP/NYC. Galactia has accepted a commission for a massive work celebrating the Battle of Lepanto. Her version deliberately emphasizes human agonies rather than naval triumphalism, which doesn’t endear her to church or state.PTP/NYC has always embraced Barker’s intemperance, It’s a muscular and passionate production. – ALEXIS SOLOSKI, The New Yorker
Cover Image ‘Judith Beheading Holofernes’ by Artemisia Gentileschi.

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