Giulia Tofana is forgotten by many historians, and her famously lethal invention has been lost to time. But in this brand new solo show, Tofana recalls the crimes for which she is accused in startling poetic detail, drawing us into her Renaissance revenge tale.

Giulia Tofana was executed in the 17th century, accused of leading more than 600 Italian men to their deaths at the hands of her unique poison – Aqua Tofana. Torn between guilt and the pride of having given 600 women their freedom from the chains of abusive marriages, Tofana now seeks a final judgment that will release her from an afterlife spent in limbo.

All Tickets $20 (plus fees)
Dates TBD | Friday - Saturday 7:30 pm | Sunday 2:30 pm
1200 Ellis Blvd. NW  |  Cedar Rapids | (319) 200-1269

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Production Team

Written by Gwyneth Forsythe
Performed by Kristy Hartsgrove Mooers
Directed by Lisa Kelly


Gwyneth Forsythe (Playwright) graduated from the University of Iowa in 2019 with BAs in Theatre Arts and History, honors in both. She is the recipient of a VSA Playwright Discovery Award 2014 from the Kennedy Center, the Iowa Center of the Arts Scholarship 2017, Tennessee Williams Scholarship 2018, and the Lorena Bach Scholarship 2018. Her play Messenger: The MI5 Girl was produced at the University of Iowa. She worked as Drama Editor at earthwords: the undergraduate literary review. Gwyneth stage-managed four productions at the University of Iowa. She has also worked as a script supervisor on the film Sexpert Franzen. In 2020, she worked as a Development Intern at Cartel Pictures (Los Angeles). In the spring of 2021, she completed her MFA in Writing for the Stage and Screen from Northwestern University, where she won the Krevoy Screenwriting Prize for her television pilot, White Dog Rises. In the Summer of 2022, she produced The Ache at The Den Theatre in Chicago. Currently, she works as a freelance writer, theatre artist, and adjunct professor in Chicago.

Kristy Hartsgrove Mooers (Performer) is delighted to be doing her first live show with Mirrorbox Theatre. She performed in several online readings during the Out the Box series, including landscape by Emma Durbin and Bezos and Me by Patrick Vermillion. She has worked locally with Riverside Theatre, Working Group Theatre, the Old Creamery Theatre, and the Iowa Summer Repertory, and regionally with the Illinois Shakespeare Festival and the Boho Theatre of Chicago. As always, love to MHM.

Lisa Kelly (Director) is a theatre director, stage manager, and dramaturg. She is the Associate Artistic Director at Theatre Cedar Rapids. Recent credits include Madagascar, The Spongebob Musical, and Meet Me in St. Louis. Lisa holds a PhD in Theatre from Northwestern University and her research focuses on nineteenth-century celebrity culture and how female performers created identity and participated in social activism. She has directed and stage managed shows across the Corridor including several "Out the Box" readings for Mirrorbox Theatre, and at theatres in Chicago and Richmond, VA.


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