DUKE. (Character plays as male.) The current head of state, and the murderer of Vindici’s betrothed, Gloriana. Very like Claudius in Hamlet, the Duke does terrible things, but fears for the state of his soul and his place in Heaven. He’s not entirely without conscience or remorse; there’s room to play this with some depth, as a sex addict driven by his addiction. He is, nonetheless, an aging sexual predator and a serial murderer of women, and if it’s played for depth and sympathy, it should be sympathy we do not give.