The Lure of the Maiden's Chest
by La Fenice

May. 29 - Jun. 13, 2015

 La Fenice, Austin's long running Commedia dell'Arte troupe, proudly returns to the Butterfly Bar in May and June to present their latest scenario The Lure of the Maiden's Chest. This show is a satirical visitation of the adventure genre inspired by Jonny Quest and Indiana Jones. Austin audiences will have seven opportunities to experience La Fenice's unique blend of classical Italian street theater and modern pop culture references: Fridays and Saturdays, May 29th through June 13th at 10:00pm, with a special performance on Thursday, June 11th at 8:00pm. Admission is a suggested $10 donation. 
The Lure of the Maiden's Chest is La Fenice's sixth original scenario since 2009 and their eighteenth since the company was first founded in 1999 as the Austin Commedia Society. Like all of La Fenice's scenarios, The Lure of the Maiden's Chest is a devised work, an ensemble performance that is the result of the actors and musicians improvising together in the studio based upon a plot outline and the centuries-old characters and techniques of the Commedia dell'Arte.
The production stars  Genevieve Kinney, Adam W Rodriguez, Julie Moore, Kate Meehan, Aaron Michael Johnson, and Katy Smaczniak, with live music from Amber Quick.
The Story
The inescapable lure of the Maiden's Chest leads two families of adventuring treasure hunters to distant lands. Dottore Cobblepot meets his untimely end by the blade of his exotic friend, Brighella. Now orphaned, his eager son Ottavio and his trusty sidekick, Arlecchino, must see the expedition to its end in the Lost City of Xanadu. Meanwhile, the sorceress Ruffiana casts a web of her own, enchanting their path while employing a double agent, Capitana, to claim the Maiden's Chest for her own. Will her adventurous daughter Isabella, hell-bent on recovering artifacts for the museum, secure the Chest first? Will Ottavio get the girl? Will Brighella murder them all? 


La Fenice performs live-action late-night cartoons for grown ups, complete with swords, shenanigans and chicanery. Intended for mature audiences.


The Lure of the Maiden's Chest
by La Fenice ensemble
La Fenice

May 29 - June 13, 2015
Vortex Repertory Theatre
2307 Manor Road
Austin, TX, 78722

May 29th - June 13, Fridays and Saturdays at 10:00 pm, Thursday, June 11 at 8 pm at the Butterfly Bar.

$10 suggested donation.