Elizabeth Rex

November 29, 2011

January 22, 2012

in CST's Courtyard Theater

by Timothy Findley
directed by Barbara Gaines

Exceedingly powerful acting in Gaines' deftly forged production.

Chicago Tribune


The Play

On the eve of the beheading of her court favorite and rumored lover, the Earl of Essex, Queen Elizabeth was entertained with a royal command performance by Shakespeare and his company. Upon this obscure historical fact, one of Canada's most acclaimed playwrights, Timothy Findley, imagines this daring and original drama. Longing for distraction, the Queen visits her stables where the actors are lodged for the night. There she finds the man who plays Shakespeare's leading ladies, and in their passionate confrontation, the actor and his Queen come to shocking revelations about sexuality, identity and love.



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The Players

Creative Team

Barbara Gaines Director/Artistic Director

Timothy Findley Playwright

Daniel Ostling Scenic Designer

Mariann Verheyen Costume Designer

Philip Rosenberg Lighting Design

Lindsay Jones Sound Designer

Jenny Giering Original Music

Melissa Veal Wig and Make-up Design

Eva Breneman Dialect Coach

Tammy Mader Choregrapher

John McFarland Fight Director

Janet Louer Bear Movement Coach


Bradley Armacost Percy Gower

Brenda Barrie Mary Stanley

Diane D'Aquila Queen Elizabeth I

Matt Farabee Harry Pearle

Kevin Gudahl William Shakespeare

Torrey Hanson Lord Robert Cecil

Eric Parks Matthew Welles

Roderick Peeples Luddy Beddoes

Jude Roche The Bear

Andrew Rothenberg Jack Edmund

Steven Sutcliffe Ned Lowenscroft

Mary Ann Thebus Kate Tardwell

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