The 2015 Oregon Shakespeare Festival presents Fingersmith. The play is a brilliantly perfect adaptation of Sarah Waters best selling Victorian mystery. It is Alexa Junge an Emmy nominated play-write who has taken the book to the OSF stage beautifully. Director Bill Rauch brings the characters to life with imaginative staging and subtle direction.
This is an extremely complex story about two orphans, one Maud Lilly ( played by Erica Sullivan
) is an heiress living in a country house with a rich uncle. The other Sue Trinder (played by Sara Bruner
) who was raised by “baby farmer” Mrs Sucksby (played by Kate Mulligan
). Sue was taught to become a fingersmith ( slang for a pick-pocket ) She lives with Mrs Sucksby and her band of thieves in the slums of London. Their lives could not be more different …..
or so you think!
Some fascinating facts about life in Victorian England, women of all walks of life had very few choices and a rigid class structure to deal with. They could not vote, own property or get an education in many cases.
From the women of lower part of society in the slums, to the privileged women who lived luxury, most were at the mercy of the men in their lives.
This is the backdrop for Fingersmith, Sue meets charming scoundrel and con man (Gentleman) Richard Rivers ( Elijah Alexander) who needs Sue’s help him in a scam to marry and steal from the wealthy Maud, but all is not what it seems!
Over the next three hours with two intermissions you will be amazed at what happens: There is a surprising love story and lots of double crosses, it’s full of plot twists and turns, fascinating characters and getting rave reviews from the audience and critics alike. The first intermission ends on a cliff hanger with audible gasps from the audience.
And so it goes… there will be many gasps of surprise along the way. Enjoy the ride, but don’t give away the plot to your friends!
To get your tickets go to osfashland.org