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Anastasia Trials in the Court of Women, The - Full Length Play, Drama

Anastasia Trials in the Court of Women, The

Carolyn Gage

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Full Length Play, Drama


ISBN: 9780573628436

"Elegantly conceived...A feminist Noises Off." - Washington City Press

"Powerful." -San Diego Lesbian Press
"Farce, social history, debate play, agitprop, audience participation melodrama, satire [that] makes …

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Minimum Fee: $75 per performance


Full Length Play


120 minutes (2 hours)

Time Period - Contemporary

Settings Of Play - The stage set for a courtroom trial. The present.


Audience Participation/Interactive

Bare Stage/Simple Set


Mild Adult Themes


Adult, Teen (Age 14 - 18)


High School/Secondary, College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Dinner Theatre, Professional Theatre, Shoestring Budget, Large Stage, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

A play with intense audience participation! Engrossing, controversial courtroom drama, where the audience must serve as judge and jury, deciding motions and verdict, in a case against the five women who betrayed the Grand Duchess Anastasia Romanov, the last surviving daughter of the Tsar of Russia. Complex ethical questions on a set of folding chairs.
"Elegantly conceived...A feminist Noises Off." - Washington City Press

"Powerful." -San Diego Lesbian Press

"Farce, social history, debate play, agitprop, audience participation melodrama, satire [that] makes the head reel!" -San Diego Union Tribune

"Wild... It's lively and moves quickly... Very funny yet poignant." -Washington Blade

“Carolyn Gage’s raucous, multilayered script explores issues of empathy, loyalty, and betrayal among women...” --The Washington Post.

“Verdict: An unexpected delight… ” --Miami Herald, FL.

“… farcical humor, imaginative plot twists, and just pure theatrical fun...” --South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Ft. Lauderdale.

“… fascinating and complex play…”--Fresno Beehive.com

“I am constantly amazed at Carolyn’s ability to make complex social issues not only accessible but also irresistibly fascinating… the play… [The Anastasia Trials ] touched us, made us laugh and gripped us in a white-knuckle intensity usually found only in Hitchcock films.” --R.J. McComish, Literary Manager of the Portland Stage Company, Portland, Maine.

“… fabulously interesting, brilliantly thought-provoking and exquisitely funny… masterpiece of feminist theater...” --off our backs, Washington, DC.

"Each performance could potentially have a different result and many students saw every performance just so they could see how the show ended."--At Oldfields, Glencoe, MD.

The play was premiered at Diversionary Theatre in San Diego.




All Female

BETTY - a butch stagehand, plays the Bailiff.
DIANE - the founder and director of the Emma Goldman Theater Brigade, plays the Prosecuting Attorney.
ATHENA - the daughter of a rich man, plays the Defense Attorney and also Annie Jennings, a wealthy socialite.
JENNY - an actor with stomach flu, plays Anastasia Romanov, and also the Prosecuting Attorney.
MELISSA - an actor bent on impressing the critics, plays Thea Malinowsky, a nurse from a public mental asylum.
MARIE - a grassroots, radical activist, plays Clara Peuthart, an alcoholic bag lady.
AMY - an actor with professional aspirations, plays Baroness Sophie Buxhoeveden, former lady-in-waiting to Anastasia's mother.
DONNA - an actor who resents Diane's authority, plays Shura Tegleva, Anastasia's former nursemaid.
LISA - the playwright, plays Baroness Zinaida Tolstoy, a former friend of Anastasia's mother and Anastasia.
Carolyn Gage

Carolyn Gage

Carolyn Gage is a playwright, performer, director, and activist. The author of nine books on lesbian theatre and seventy-five plays, musicals, and one-woman shows, she specializes in non-traditional roles for women, especially those reclaiming famous lesbians whose stories have been distorted or erased from history. She has won the national Lambda Literary Award in Drama and her play Ugly ... view full profile

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