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.

2019 Clauder Competition Gold Prize Winner
2019 Great Plains PlayLab
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

Recommended by

  • Rachael Carnes:
    29 Sep. 2019
    Crafted on a foundation that meets and exceeds all structural expectations, this play quickly transcends to a higher plane, where the most beautiful, lyrical ideas can coexist within abjectly base emotion: Fear, envy, loss. Minigan mines the inventory of these three richly-hewed characters for their depth, humor and all-too human flaws. A simply stunning play, existing at the intersection between despair and hope.
  • Greg Burdick:
    29 Sep. 2019
    Channeling elements from Edson’s “Wit” and Auburn’s “Proof,” Minigan has created a stunning portrait of a young woman in a race against time to harness her professor’s experience and knowledge as leverage before dementia renders it useless. This time the backdrop is not mathematics, nor metaphysical poetry, but Shakespeare. Kym finds her journey stalled by much more than just Beverly’s cognitive decline: her age, her gender, her race, and the very academic playground where she envisions her future, all seem to bar her progress. This play is a definite page turner, one of Minigan’s finest.
  • James McLindon:
    26 Sep. 2019
    A strong and surprising story with characters whom you miss as soon as you finish the play (and even now, some time later). I agree: it needs to be produced.

Development History

  • Reading
    ,
    Great Plains Theatre Conference
    ,
    2019
  • Workshop
    ,
    Portland Stage Company
    ,
    2019
  • Reading
    ,
    Massasoit New Play Festival
    ,
    2018
  • Reading
    ,
    Page to Stage Theatre Company
    ,
    2018
  • Workshop
    ,
    The Depot
    ,
    2018
  • Workshop
    ,
    Dayton Playhouse
    ,
    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

Winner
,
Gold Prize, Clauder Competition for New England Plays
,
Portland Stage Company
,
2019
Finalist
,
Playwrights' Week
,
The Lark
,
2018
Winner
,
Pestalozzi Prize
,
Firehouse Center for the Arts New Works Festival
,
2017