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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  • Patricia Milton:
    15 Jul. 2019
    I read this play in one sitting. I ached for the characters' impossibly challenging situation, and enjoyed the well-crafted dialogue. There is a rich metaphor at the play's heart: Queen Margaret, one of Shakespeare's best-drawn female characters, who never got a play of her own. I would love to see this one produced.
  • A. Emmanuel Leadon:
    5 Jun. 2019
    Like watching a complex, ever-desperate game of Risk. As the characters lie about what exactly they need and want from each other, the audience is led to question their own perceptions of reality and fiction. Each of these three roles is an actor's playground.
  • Greg Hovanesian:
    17 Feb. 2019
    Queen of Sad Mischance is a beautiful play that leads the viewer/reader down a path that is at once very sad and very human. The disintegration of one’s thoughts and mind, whether through Alzheimer’s or another cognitive disease, is something that many people deal with, but Minigan has portrayed it in a way that shows how the intersection of care and selfishness often clash in unexpected ways. The realness of this play is startling, and the choices and decisions made are, in ways, simultaneously terrible and pragmatic, resulting in a moving, thought-provoking play.

Development History

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