Elizabeth I

Play About Queen Elizabeth I At Wesleyan

Play About Queen Elizabeth I At Wesleyan

Karin Coonrod found Queen Elizabeth I to be such a compelling subject that she needed four actresses, and four thrones, to contain her.

"I totally get her spirit," Coonrod said in a recent, wide-ranging phone interview. "She loved to dance, she loved poetry, Loved horseback riding, she loved language, she loved social repartee, she loved theater and music…"

Coonrod's post-modernist play, with its lower-case, spaceless title "texts&beheadings/ElizabethR," is receiving its New England premiere 8 p.m. Feb. 17 at the Wesleyan Center for the Arts' CFA Theater.

Coonrod says she began the project when Joe Melillo, executive producer of the...

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