You have all the freedom you could take.
You geniuses charging about,
calling yourselves accursed,
calling yourselves lost.
You don’t want to be rescued.
You want to be pitied for your weaknesses,
excused of your indulgences,
exempted from your moral taxes.
You luxuriate in your debauchery in secret,
and when you confess it in public,
you are not deemed mad, no, but courageous!
Based on actual events, and set in the early nineteenth century, The Coast of Illyria is a poignant dramatic comedy about art, addiction, mental illness, and the enduring bond between brother and sister. When Mary Lamb returns home from an infamous London asylum where she’s been confined since murdering her mother, her adoring younger brother Charles must decide whether he will marry the love of his life, the stylish young actress Fanny Kelly, or remain by Mary’s side in case her illness returns.
The Coast of Illyria was first produced at The Ohio State University’s Thurber in April 2016.
ABOUT THE PLAY
The Coast of Illyria was adapted from the play by Dorothy Parker and Ross Evans by Jennifer Schlueter with Cece Bellomy. It was directed by Shilarna Stokes, with scenic design by Dan Gray, costumes by Rebekah Priebe, and lighting by Sarah Lawler.