Sofonisba

Italian Renaissance painter Sofonisba Anguissola traveled to Spain to be court painter for Philip II for twenty years. The play opens with Sofonisba on the ship to Spain, and closes with her on the ship returning home to Italy. It explores her 20 years in the Spanish court as King Philip's prized portrait painter and confidant of 14-year-old Queen Isabel. This play explores and imagines the negotiations...
Italian Renaissance painter Sofonisba Anguissola traveled to Spain to be court painter for Philip II for twenty years. The play opens with Sofonisba on the ship to Spain, and closes with her on the ship returning home to Italy. It explores her 20 years in the Spanish court as King Philip's prized portrait painter and confidant of 14-year-old Queen Isabel. This play explores and imagines the negotiations and sacrifices she might have made in the service of her art, and how she navigated the tricky waters of court politics as an unmarried woman. A play about the hunger for creation--of birth and of art--and what it costs. Three actors (one actor plays multiple roles). Unproduced. The Kilroys' List, 2016 Clauder Gold Prize, 2016 Finalist, O'Neill Playwrights' Conference, 2016 Semifinalist, Princess Grace Award, 2016 Nominee, The Kilroys' List, 2015 Semifinalist, Shakespeare's Sister Award, 2014 Semifinalist, Lark Playwrights' Week, 2010 CHARACTERS SOFONISBA ANGUISSOLA. Italian. 27 when the play starts. 47 when it ends. Court painter to King Philip II of Spain. QUEEN ISABEL. French. 14 when the play starts. Queen of Spain, Philip’s second wife. BISHOP/KING PHILIP/DON FRANCISCO/THE FOOL/ORAZIO. Played by the same actor. SETTING The Spanish Court of King Philip II, 1560-1571. And two ships.
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Sofonisba

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  • 27 Apr. 2016
    It is the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center's pleasure to recommend Callie Kimball and their play Sofonisba as a finalist for our 2016 National Playwrights Conference. The play rose through a competitive, anonymous, multileveled selection process that took nearly nine months to execute. As one of 54 finalists out of more than 1,450 submissions, the strength of its writing has allowed this work to prosper in such a competitive selection process. Our readers especially appreciated how the intimacy of the casting allows for a real richness of characters across the years.
  • Kari Bentley-Quinn:
    1 Jul. 2015
    One of my favorites of Callie's plays - a lush look at the choices women must make, and what it means to wholly devote yourself to your craft. Even though it is a period piece, it never feels heavy or antiquated. The characters are rich and layered, and it has a delicious sense of humor while also being moving and heartwrenching.

Development History

  • Workshop
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    Little Festival of the Unexpected, Portland Stage Company
    ,
    2016
  • Workshop
    ,
    Lark Play Development Center
    ,
    2015
  • Reading
    ,
    National Museum of Women in the Arts (with WSC)
    ,
    2009
  • Reading
    ,
    Project Y
    ,
    2009
  • Workshop
    ,
    Electric Pear Productions
    ,
    2009
  • Reading
    ,
    John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
    ,
    2008

Awards

Semi-Finalist
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Princess Grace Playwriting Fellowship
,
Princess Grace Foundation
,
2016
Winner
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Clauder Gold Prize
,
Portland Stage Company
,
2016
Finalist
,
O'Neill
,
O'Neill Playwrights Conference
,
2016
Selection
,
The Kilroys' List
,
The Kilroys
,
2016
Semi-Finalist
,
Shakespeare's Sister Award
,
AROHO
,
2015
Semi-Finalist
,
Playwrights' Week
,
Lark Play Development Center
,
2010