Sensitive Subject Matter in Blood Countess
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Blood Countess is a fictionalized phantasm of Countess Elizabeth Bathory's life. A brilliant woman of Hungarian nobility in the late medieval period, she holds the Guinness World Record of Most Prolific Female Murderer, “[practicing] vampirism on girls and young women. She is alleged to have killed more than 600 virgins in order to drink their blood and bathe in it, ostensibly to preserve her youth.”
In playwright Kelleen Conway Blanchard's darkly comedic script, we meet Elizabeth first as a girl, witnessing some of the forces* that helped shaped her into the murderer she becomes. (*Including trauma from familial neglect, religious abuse and harm, misogyny, panic attacks/seizures, and grooming.)
There is dialogue referencing torture and violence, both personal and on the battlefield. The play contains references to ableism, traumatic events and unsettling sexual themes and language.
Theatrical violence has been staged within the show: A sword fight; depictions of physical harm; and the death of characters, including several girls.
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