8 – 9:30PM
Set in 16th century India, at the peak of the Mughal era, The Queen is the story of Durga, who is consigned to the west wing of the palace after her husband, the Rajput king, marries a younger woman. She battles against the loss of her beauty and relevance as she resolves to burn the palace down and avenge her husband King Amar’s betrayal. Amar, doomed to reign during the lowest phase of his dynasty must prevent the destruction of his kingdom at the hands of the Mughals using all the resources at his disposal, including his wife, Queen Durga.
The play draws inspiration from Macbeth, Medea and the works of Rabindranath Tagore. It explores themes of power and the position of women in society, an issue that in four centuries has not lost its importance. Following the NYC run The Queen will be mounted at the DRAMELLENTIA Theatre company in India in their 2016-17 season.