Boston University School of Theatre
Scenes from an Execution
by Howard Barker
Directed by Jim Petosa
December 2005

The plot revolves around a female artist’s struggles against the Venetian city-state in the aftermath of the 15th century Battle of Lepanto. Although the city commissions the painting to celebrate the victory over the Turks, the artist’s vision differs dramatically from that of the Doge and the Catholic Church. The play has been described as “Barker’s most famous and accessible play”.