Queen

Photo by Liz Lauren, Victory Gardens 2017

Full length. 2f, 2m

World Premiere at Victory Gardens, Chicago, April 2017. Directed by Joanie Schultz.

Recent and Upcoming productions:
Seattle: August 2018. Directed by Agastya Kohli, Produced by Pratidhwani and ACT
Cupertino: September 2018. Directed by Vinita Sud Belani, Produced by EnActe Theatre.
New York: February 2019. Details to be announced.

Synopsis
Sanam Shah, a mathematician, and Ariel Spiegel, a biologist, are PhD candidates and best friends working together to discover the cause of colony collapse disorder – the urgent, ecological crisis where bees are disappearing around the world in alarming numbers. Just as they are about to publish a career-defining new paper on the subject, calling for a ban on commercial pesticides, Sanam realizes that the numbers don’t add up to support their conclusion. Should she look the other way for the sake of environmental action, or should she stand by her scientific principles, even if it means ceding ground to an ecological disaster, jeopardizing her career, and losing her best friend?

Development History:

June 2013/14 Center Theatre Group Writer’s Workshop, Los Angeles
August 2014 Oregon Shakespeare Festival Black Swan Lab, Ashland
July 2015 Victory Gardens Ignition Festival, Chicago
October 2015 Blank Theatre Living Room Series, Los Angeles
March 2017 Ma-Yi Labfest, New York

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