Full Length Play
120 minutes (2 hours)
Time Period - 16th Century / Elizabethan
FEATURES / CONTAINS
Unit Set/Multiple Settings, Opportunity for Spectacle
Mild Adult Themes
College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre, Outdoor, Large Stage, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups
An homage to nineteenth century historical melodrama, Queen Amarantha tells the story of a fictional monarch, Amarantha, the daughter of a barbaric warrior king, who tries to emerge from her father’s shadow. Like Sweden’s Queen Christina, she is uncomfortable with her society’s conventional female role and prefers to dress as a man. She falls in love with a wanderer named Adrian and when her enemies destroy her reputation through a manipulated scandal, Amarantha abdicates and runs away with Adrian. She leaves the throne to her young and hopelessly weak ward, Roderigo, who becomes a pawn of Amarantha’s enemies, particularly her treacherous childhood friend, the Countess Thalia.
"Covers all bases from The Prisoner of Zenda to Richard III to Mary Stuart." - New York Post
Queen Amarantha was originally produced by the WPA Theatre, Kyle Renick, Artistic Director. The production was directed by Charles Busch and Carl Andress.