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Schiller's

Mary Stuart

February 21

April 15, 2018

CST's Courtyard Theater

in a new version by Peter Oswald
directed by Jenn Thompson

A juicy regal smackdown.

Variety.com

An electrifying update of Schiller’s royal drama.

The Guardian (UK)

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The Play

For one to rule, one must fall. Elizabeth I, Queen of England, must decide the fate of her cousin, Mary, Queen of Scots, imprisoned and accused of treason. Surrounded by a cadre of men jockeying for power, each queen contends with seduction, greed, and deception in a political power play with deadly stakes. A single, clandestine meeting lays all ambitions bare, with the fate of both—and the future of the budding British Empire—on the line. Peter Oswald’s tense, thrilling adaptation is staged by Jenn Thompson on a grand scale in the Courtyard Theater, creating an Elizabethan world as vibrant and imposingly powerful as these charismatic, unconventional royal peers.

 

WATCH & LISTEN

Gallery: Behind the Scenes:
Mary Stuart

Gallery: In Rehearsal: Mary Stuart

Gallery: Costume Renderings:
Mary Stuart

 

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Critical Acclaim

"Peter Oswald’s juicy new
adaptation…has a fierce
timelessness in its depiction of
political power games."
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A Scholar’s Perspective

"It is dangerous for ordinary mortals to get caught up in the conflict between 'mighty opposites.' But also, at least at the playhouse, hugely entertaining..."
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Free Enrichment Programs

This free series of audience
enrichment programs offers
introductory and in-depth studies
of ideas embodied in the play.
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The Players

Creative Team

Peter Oswald Adapter

Jenn Thompson Director

Andromache Chalfant Scenic Designer

Linda Cho Costume Designer

Greg Hofmann Co-Lighting Designer

Philip Rosenberg Co-Lighting Designer

Mikhail Fiksel Co-Sound Designer

Miles Polaski Co-Sound Designer

Richard Jarvie Wig and Make-up Design

David Woolley Fight Choreographer

Caitlin Lowans Dramaturg

Kathryn Walsh Verse Coach

Eva Breneman Dialect Coach

Bob Mason Casting

Cast

Andrew Chown Mortimer

Patrick Clear Aubespine/Melvil

Tim Decker Leicester

Kai Alexander Ealy O’Kelly/Sheriff/Drury

Kevin Gudahl Paulet

Robert Jason Jackson Talbot

Michael Joseph Mitchell Bellievre/Davison

K.K. Moggie Mary Stuart

Kellie Overbey Elizabeth

Barbara Robertson Hanna Kennedy

David Studwell Burleigh

Nathan Calaranan Ensemble Intern

Jake Elkins Ensemble Intern

Alan Ball Understudy

Isabel Liss Understudy

Jeff Parker Understudy

Martin Hanna Understudy

Shanesia Davis Understudy

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