Christina the Girl King
CHRISTINA, THE GIRL KING by Michel Marc Bouchard and translated by Linda Gaboriau
A U.S. PREMIERE
Directed by Tosha Fowler
This production is part of The Pioneer Series, Jackalope’s continuous initiative to cultivate bold new theatre in Chicago.
1649, Sweden. Queen Christina of Sweden, has summoned Rene Descartes to her court to share with her the radical new ideas of the time. Descartes’s ideas about free will and reason appeal to Christina, who is struggling to reconcile between her rational, thinking self and emotions she dares not name-including her love for a woman. An enigmatic monarch, a flamboyant and unpredictable intellectual, a woman eager for knowledge, and a feminist before her time, which side of herself will Christina chose? Will her final choice be an act of madness? Or a bold gesture of love by a modern woman born out of her time – one whom the seventeenth century simply could not contain?
Christina, The Girl King premiered at the 2014 Stratford Festival and was hailed as a “regal romance. Bouchard once again proves himself a master of wild fantasy and the florid language to go with it, always deftly peppered with biting wit.” –Montreal Gazatte
Note: For mature audiences. Contains sex, full nudity (both female and male), violence and blood.
Cor Artistic Director Tosha Fowler will direct.
Cast & Production Team
Ebba Sparre – Laura Resinger
Karl Gustav – Adam Benjamin*
Johan – Will Von Vogt
Axel – Tony Bozzuto
Maria Elenora – Meg Elliott
Erika – Briget Schreiber
Descartes – Danny Taylor
Chanut – Scott Shimizu
Costumes Design – Alarie Hammock
Sound Design – Jeffrey Levin
Lighting Design – Eric Vigo
Dramaturg – Elyse Cowles*
Assistant Dramaturg – Topher Kielbasa
Stage Manager – Janelle Bourdreau
Assistant Stage Manager – Ki-Jana Moore
Technical Director – Adam Gutkin*
Violence Director – Maureen Yasko
Assistant Director – Grace Meier
Production Manager – Stefin Steberl*
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