The Masque of Queens: A Staged Reading Benefiting Chicago's Seasons of Concern

The Masque of Queens: A Staged Reading Benefiting Chicago's Seasons of Concern

Sun, March 31

6:00 pm

The Upstairs Event Space at iO Chicago

$0.00

Tickets at the Door

Maxwell Anderson's play The Masque of Queens written in 1954 became his third in a trilogy that includes his plays Mary of Scotland and Elizabeth the Queen. With The Masque of Queens, Maxwell Anderson draws on his own experience of accumulating years and delivers to his audience an aging Elizabeth. The old queen continues to rule with absolute control, manipulating those around her, dealing shrewdly with all threats to her power. In her lonely state, she is assailed at moments by doubt for condemning her romantic favorite Lord Essex to death only seven months earlier. First Flight, a new theatre company devoted to presenting plays by Maxwell Anderson, returns to the iO Theater with a single staged reading performance of this rarely performed play as a benefit for Chicago's Season of Concern, a Chciago non-profit that raises money to provide care for those in the theater community afflicted with AIDS-related illnesses.

$10 Suggested Donation at the Door

The Masque of Queens: A Staged Reading Benefiting Chicago's Seasons of Concern
The Masque of Queens: A Staged Reading Benefiting Chicago's Seasons of Concern
Maxwell Anderson's play The Masque of Queens written in 1954 became his third in a trilogy that includes his plays Mary of Scotland and Elizabeth the Queen. With The Masque of Queens, Maxwell Anderson draws on his own experience of accumulating years and delivers to his audience an aging Elizabeth. The old queen continues to rule with absolute control, manipulating those around her, dealing shrewdly with all threats to her power. In her lonely state, she is assailed at moments by doubt for condemning her romantic favorite Lord Essex to death only seven months earlier. Elizabeth's tragic inner conflict makes her once more a compelling figure for a play. First Flight, a new theatre company devoted to presenting plays by Maxwell Anderson, returns to the iO Theater with a single staged reading performance of this rarely performed play as a benefit for Chicago's Season of Concern, a Chciago non-profit that raises money to provide care for those in the theater community afflicted with AIDS-related illnesses. Last December they presented Anderson's never published and never produced 1924 play Sea-Wife.
Venue Information:
The Upstairs Event Space at iO Chicago
1501 N. Kingsbury St.
Chicago, IL, 60642
https://www.ioimprov.com/business-services/event-space/