Queen of Sad Mischance

FULL LENGTH: A play about academia, race, power and belonging.

Intense, bi-racial college senior Kym thinks she’s lucked into the perfect resume-builder: a research assistantship helping feminist scholar Beverly Norden finish her ground-breaking book on Shakespeare’s Queen Margaret before Alzheimer’s makes the task impossible. As Kym learns that more than Beverly’s failing memory stands in the...
FULL LENGTH: A play about academia, race, power and belonging.

Intense, bi-racial college senior Kym thinks she’s lucked into the perfect resume-builder: a research assistantship helping feminist scholar Beverly Norden finish her ground-breaking book on Shakespeare’s Queen Margaret before Alzheimer’s makes the task impossible. As Kym learns that more than Beverly’s failing memory stands in the way of both the book and the carefully-planned trajectory of her own future career, she’s faced with the hardest decisions of her life.

2018 O'Neill finalist
2018 Lark finalist
2018 Kitchen Dog Theatre Finalist
2018 Dayton FutureFest Official Selection
2017 Pestalozzi Prize winner
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Queen of Sad Mischance

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  • Lainie Vansant:
    28 Dec. 2018
    This is a play you can get lost in - the dialogue is well-paced, natural, and engaging. The characters are interesting, and it draws you in without any hard-to-produce bells and whistles. It's a pure study of characters, academia, and identity, well worth the read and (hopefully) lots of productions.
  • Greg Lam:
    14 Nov. 2018
    This is a very engaging three person play in which a storied academic with declining faculties jibes with her latest assistant who is trying to get a foothold in academia herself. The writing is so precise and the voices of the characters are so very distinct. It wears its intellect on its sleeve but is still accessible on a character level. An actor's dream.

    The Queen of Sad Mischance is featured on the December 2018 episode of the Boston Podcast Players podcast (https://www.bostonpodcastplayers.com/updates/2018/12/5/john-minigan)
  • Lucretia Anne Flammang:
    13 Nov. 2018
    This Eugene O’Neill Theater Center New Play Conference finalist crackles with intimate conflicts both familial and professional. The desperate needs of three characters drive scenes quickly, and the dialog is witty and erudite. The play raises ethical questions about the care of Alzheimer’s patients, in particular, when is it more ethical to lie than to tell the truth?

    The first two scenes of the play and an interview between host Greg Lam and John Minigan can be heard later this season on Boston Podcast Players, available on iTunes.

Development History

  • Reading
    ,
    Massasoit New Play Festival
    ,
    2018
  • Reading
    ,
    Page to Stage Theatre Company
    ,
    2018
  • Workshop
    ,
    Dayton Playhouse
    ,
    2018
  • Workshop
    ,
    The Depot
    ,
    2018
  • Reading
    ,
    Firehouse Center for the Arts New Works Festival
    ,
    2017
  • Workshop
    ,
    New Repertory Theatre Next Voices Fellow
    ,
    2016
  • Reading
    ,
    Playwrights' Reading Room
    ,
    2015

Awards

Finalist
,
Playwrights' Week
,
The Lark
,
2018
Winner
,
Pestalozzi Prize
,
Firehouse Center for the Arts New Works Festival
,
2017