BLOOD COUNTESS is an historical true-crime horror-comedy, snatched from the headlines of the early 1600s. Starring Zenaida Rose Smith, this play is a fictionalized account of Countess Elizabeth Bathory’s life. A brilliant woman of Hungarian nobility, she holds the Guinness World Record of Most Prolific Female Murderer, “[practicing] vampirism on girls and young women. She is alleged to have killed more than 600 virgins in order to drink their blood and bathe in it, ostensibly to preserve her youth.” We know she was tried and convicted of her gruesome crimes. The rest we must suppose. Landing solidly on the dark side of dark comedy, Blood Countess employs Kelleen Conway Blanchard’s trademark humor and linguistic gymnastics. This historical horror story is filled with dead birds, headless soldiers, eel pies, and pailfuls of blood.
MAP Theatre: At the intersection of dark comedy and compassionate storytelling. Choose-Your-Own-Price ticketing model. Matinee Sundays 4PM. Streamed Feb 10, 18, 19, 23. More info: MAP Theatre Presents: Blood Countess (onthestage.tickets)
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