Imagine if you will that the Greeks were actually right and that Hades (The Underworld) does exist and is surrounded by the river Styx. However, there are islands in the River that are constantly being circled by a hydra with nine heads.
Trapped on one of these islands is Queen Victoria, Cleopatra, Andromeda, Sister Heloise and Joan of Arc who are spending their time waiting and watching for the great loves of their lives to come find them and rescue them. What happens when instead of their men, women’s lib icon Anais Nin shows up to turn their afterlife totally upside down.
Anais Nin Goes to Hell is an existential comedy centered around these powerful and memorable women of history as they wait for their men to arrive.
I am so exited to again be playing Queen Victoria in this wonderful award winning play.
Written by David Stallings and Directed my Antonio Minino
The rest of the cast includes: James Edward Becton, Mel House, Amanda Jones, Richard Lindenfelzer, Nylda Mark, Madalyn McKay, Hannah Seusy and Stephanie Willing.
The production will feature scenic design by Blair Mielnik, lighting design by Dan Gallagher, costume design by Izzy Fields and sound design by Martha Goode (executive producer). The production’s line producer is Collin Bradley, and the production stage manager is Rachel Denise April.
Anais Nin Goes to Hell will play a three week limited engagement from Friday, October 14th through Saturday, October 29th, 2016 at The Theater at the 14th Street Y (344 East 14th Street, New York, NY 10003). Opening Night is Saturday, October 15th at 8:00 pm.
Tickets are $18.00 – $25.00 and can be purchased online by visiting www.14streety.org/anaisnin or by calling 646-395-4310.
Winner of the 2nd Biennial Arthur W. Stone New Play Award – Louisiana Tech University;
Winner of the 1st Prize Boston Theatre Works – 2007 UnBound Festival;
Semi-finalist 2008 Princess Grace Awards.
Selected as Best Script, Best Leading Actress, and Best Supporting Actress in the 2008 Best of OffOffOff.com’s Best of FringeNYC
Reviews (New York International Fringe Festival 2008):
“Thank the gods for Stallings’ Anaïs Nin Goes to Hell” – Village Voice
“For a play about woman but written by a man, it tapped into the greater female psyche…” – New York Press
“One of Fringe’s 2008 must-sees.” – Off Off Off
“It’s nice to see a play that relies on strong women.” – nytheatre.com
“MTWorks has produced another winning play.” -Stage Buzz
Some that mentioned me as Queen Victoria in particular:
“Madalyn McKay is hysterical as Queen Victoria” – Roger Nasser Nytheatre.com
“McKay is appropriately imperious as Queen Victoria” – Duncan Pflaster – Broadway World .com