Almost as shocking today as it was in 1633, John Ford’s tragedy ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore is his best-known work for its racy plot of a brother and sister from a noble family who fall desperately in love with each other. On March 20, acclaimed theater company Cheek by Jowl opens the incestuous drama at BAM. But before that, catch today’s “Artist Talk” with Cheek by Jowl’s director and co-founder Declan Donnellan, which should provide some useful context on the work known as one of the most controversial plays in the English theatrical canon. Donnellan will be chatting with James Shapiro, Columbia professor and author of Contested Will: Who Wrote Shakespeare?

Sun., March 18, 6 p.m., 2012