By Madhuri Shekar
Directed by Joanie Schultz
Priya Mohanty, Darci Nalepa, Adam Poss, Stephen Spencer
Scenic Design: Chelsea Warren
Costume Design: Janice Pytel
Lighting Design: Heather Gilbert
Sound Design: Thomas Dixon
Stage Manager: Lynne Harris
First Performance April 14, 2017
Opening April 21, 2017
Final Performance May 14, 2017
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PhD candidates Sanam and Ariel have spent the better part of the last decade exhaustively researching vanishing bee populations across the globe. Just as these close friends are about to publish a career-defining paper, Sanam stumbles upon a miscalculation. What appears to be a small error could cause catastrophic damage to their reputations, careers, and friendship. Now, Sanam is confronted with an impossible choice: look the other way or stand by her principles and accept the consequences.
Queen by Madhuri Shekar and directed by Joanie Schultz (Cocked, The Whale) returns to Victory Gardens Theater after enthralling audiences at the 2015 IGNITION Festival of New Plays.
”The current conversation around climate change, the disappearance of bees, and our nation’s response to environmental protection continues to be challenging on a daily basis,” comments Artistic Director Chay Yew. ”However, it excites me that playwright Madhuri Shekar has kept this dialogue alive and urgent in the world premiere of Queen. With Madhuri’s signature wit and her uncanny ability to weave a complex yet remarkably insightful story, this play is framed by two female PhD science students from different races who want nothing more than to protect our planet and the bees that inhabit it – even at the cost of their own friendship.”
Reviews will be posted after Queen opens on April 21, 2017