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 has to use her own understanding of the Margaret story to find a new path forward.

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

  • Patrick Gabridge:
    3 Jan. 2020
    I love how fierce and smart both women are, as all three of the characters are struggling to make sense or find footholds in the world. The relationships are complex and feel so real, and the pace of the piece keeps on moving forward, even as Beverly fades away. This feels like a piece that I expect to see done again and again.
  • Nick Malakhow:
    11 Dec. 2019
    This is a richly layered and nuanced piece that is both an excellent and full character study of three complicated people, while also being an impeccably structured play! "Queen of Sad Mischance" is a beautiful example of theatrical showing vs. telling, where all of the dialogue both serves to move the plot forward while also rendering and fully fleshing out its characters. Kym is a propulsive driver to the play, Beverly a sympathetic foil who is shown warts and all, and Roy a delightfully complicating wild card. Everyone so clearly has urgent needs related to themselves and one another.
  • Chelsea Frandsen:
    11 Dec. 2019
    I will never get tired of John Minigian. His characters are always so richly drawn and his way with words is powerful and always packs a punch. This play which at first glance seems simple is so complex and achingly beautiful. I highly recommend this play!

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