Household Words by Gregory Murphy
Monday, May 16
It’s 1858 and the wildly famous Charles Dickens is in the throes of a passionate affair with a 19-year-old actress. When he ruthlessly forces his wife from his house, his family and a besotted public quickly acquiesce in his outrageous behavior. The only one to stand against him is his daughter Kate. Certain Kate will submit to his will, Dickens cannot imagine the lengths she will go to avenge her mother and free herself from the corrupting power of her father’s staggering fame.
Household Words by Gregory Murphy is the anticipated second collaboration between Mr. Murphy and award-winning director/dramaturge Ludovica Villar-Hauser, who was one of the youngest women to have produced and directed a play in the West End. Mr. Murphy’s critically acclaimed play The Countess, also directed by Ms. Villar-Hauser, was the longest running drama on or off Broadway in the 1999-2000 season (634 performances). It was hailed as one of the best plays on or off Broadway by TimeOut NY. The New York Times called the play “wonderfully witty…erotically charged…splendidly directed by Ludovica Villar-Hauser…”
Household Words was first developed at The National Arts Club in 2007 and then at The English Speaking Union in 2009. It is slated for a New York production later this year.