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Kings County Shakespeare Company’s home space, Founders Hall at St. Francis College in Brooklyn Heights, may still be under renovation, but that hasn’t stopped the company from mounting its first production of the 2005 season: a double bill of Terry Quinn’s verse adaptation of the Nathaniel Hawthorne short story, "Rappacini’s Daughter," and Quinn’s own "Bad Evidence."

The two one-acts, directed by Deborah Wright Houston, will be performed at Abingdon Theatre Arts Complex in Manhattan April 16 and April 17.

Houston is staging the world premiere of "Rappacini’s Daughter" (at left) as an experimental drama with music by Quinn performed by a cellist, guitarist, three dancers and a soprano soloist.

Set in Bergamo, Italy, the play is about a young woman, Beatrice, who has been confined to her garden by her botanist father, Giacomo Rappacini, because he wants to protect her from the evils of the world by raising her among perfumes of poisonous plants. Inevitably, his plans are foiled when a worldly suitor, Giovanni, falls in love with Beatrice and becomes immune to the deadly plants.

"Bad Evidence," (in its New York premiere, is a contemporary play about a young married couple trying to cope with suspicions of infidelity. Talking in bed after hosting a party, each tries to tempt the other partner into humiliating confessions by the use of "bad evidence." This play also incorporates music by Quinn, who is an adjunct professor at St. Francis College.

"Rappacini’s Daughter" and "Bad Evidence" will be performed April 16 at 2 and 8 pm and April 17 at 2 and 7 pm. Tickets are $15. Abingdon Theatre Arts Complex is located at 312 W. 36th St. between Eighth and Ninth avenues. For tickets, call (212) 868-4444 or visit www.smarttix.com. To download an audio "Podcast" discussing the two-part show, visit www.kingscountyshakespeare.org.

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