by Kate HennigDirector Alan DilworthWorld première commissioned by the Stratford Festival
THE MAKING OF A KILLER QUEEN
Upon the death of Edward VI, the princess Mary – daughter of Henry VIII and Katherine of Aragon – easily wrests the throne from Edward’s official heir. But Mary remains haunted by her mother’s ghost, urging her toward the course that will earn her the nickname of Bloody Mary.
Following The Last Wife and The Virgin Trial, this fascinating exploration of women, power and the nature of leadership concludes Hennig’s brilliant Queenmaker Trilogy.
House Program: Mother's Daughter
This play contains coarse adult language and deals with mature themes. It is generally unsuitable for most children and some younger teens. Strobe lights are used in this production.
Production support is generously provided by Charles Beall & Karon Bales, by Dr. Robert & Roberta Sokol, by Sylvia Soyka, and by Catherine & David Wilkes.
Support for the creation of Mother’s Daughter was generously provided by The Foerster Bernstein New Play Development Program and by Charles Beall & Karon Bales.
Support for the 2019 season of the Studio Theatre is generously provided by Sandra & Jim Pitblado.
2019 publicity photography by David Cooper.
2019: Assistant director of and understudy in The Crucible, First Gentleman and Cranmer, Archbishop of Canterbury in Henry VIII and understudy in Mother's Daughter. Eighth season. Stratford: Principals in An Ideal Husband, To Kill a Mockingbird, Julius Caesar, The Virgin Trial, Shakespeare in Love, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, She Stoops to Conquer, King Lear, Othello; appeared in Bakkhai, The Diary of Anne Frank, Oedipus Rex, The Beaux' Stratagem, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Mary Stuart, Measure for Measure, Cymbeline, Elektra. Elsewhere: Tybalt in Romeo and Juliet (Neptune); Darcy in Pride and Prejudice (Grand); Hedwig in Hedwig and the Angry Inch (c2c). Directing: 4th Graders Present an Unnamed Love Suicide, Fleeto, Oh, the Humanity (Tiny Room); Henry IV: I, Caesar, A Midsummer Night's Dream (Perchance); The Leisure Society, Autobahn, The Stendhal Syndrome (c2c). Associate directing: Lear, Measure for Measure, The Winter's Tale (Groundling). Film/TV: Reign (CW); Republic of Doyle, Diverted, Above and Beyond (CBC). Training: BFA (Acting), University of Alberta.
2019: Playwright of Mother's Daughter. Kate's plays have the great good fortune to be supported by the Stratford Festival, and to have the enthusiastic appreciation of the Festival audiences. The Last Wife premièred at the Stratford Festival in 2015, has since had more than 10 productions across Canada and the United States, and will première in Sydney, Australia, this September. The Virgin Trial won the Carol Bolt Award for Best New Play 2017, was short-listed for the Governor General's Literary Award for Drama, and has had several subsequent regional productions. For the Shaw Festival, Kate has translated and adapted Cyrano de Bergerac, playing this season, and Oscar Wilde's stories for children, Wilde Tales. Kate's plays are published by Playwrights Canada Press. Kate is the Associate Artistic Director at the Shaw Festival. katehennig.com.
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