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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  • 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.
  • 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)

Development History

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