Once I Was a Kingdom

In this 10-minute play, a powerful white American female politician currently involved in a grueling campaign brings in a female Syrian Arab psychic to read her past lives in exchange for getting the psychic's children out of Syria. The psychic herself is the reincarnation of the famous second-century queen and military mastermind Zenobia of Palmyra.
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Once I Was a Kingdom

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  • Lainie Vansant:
    7 Aug. 2019
    This is a beautifully constructed piece - the characters are fascinating, and the reader/audience gets little hints about what's going on and why all the way up to the last page. It has great roles for two mature women, and those roles are powerful and commanding. "Once I Was a Kingdom" is timely and creative - check it out!
  • Tiffany Antone:
    19 Mar. 2019
    Super interesting take on politics today - surprising world with interesting and engaging characters. Asks some important and timely questions of the characters and of the audience. Evocative and relevant!
  • Rachel Bublitz:
    3 Feb. 2019
    A really interesting take on a historical play. The power dynamics of this play are brutal, and cut so deeply at what is happening in our country right now; particularly how people in power too often only give when it is to their advantage, instead of caring about doing something that's right or good.

Character Information

  • Zeynab
    60s,
    Arab
    ,
    Female
    A powerful, commanding presence. The reincarnation of second-century queen and military leader Zenobia of Palmyra. Extremely down-to-earth, particularly for a practicing psychic, and very cautious given her current situation.
  • Sally
    60s,
    White
    ,
    Female
    An American presidential candidate. Sharp, personable, hawkish. Means what she says, even when she's oblivious.