by Jean-Baptiste Racine
Love is fierce.
It destroys the body.
It ravages the mind, and poisons thoughts, words, and actions.
And still we crave it.
In Phèdre, Jean Racine's 17th-century "fairy tale for fools," the gods wield love as a weapon, using it to turn the world upside-down. To rearrange it. To desecrate it. Queen Phèdre, dying from an uncontrollable love for her stepson Hippolytus, savagely wages war against herself and her own inevitable tragedy. Politics and emotions, the mind and the body contaminate each other as a cursed family navigates a labyrinth of dangerous secrets and unspoken passions.
When love unleashes the monster within, is there any hope of salvation?