A little over eight years ago I was asked to play the role of Queen Victoria in a new play called “Anaïs Nin Goes to Hell” that was to be part of the New York International Fringe Festival. Having done a staged reading of the play in the MTWorks New Born Festival earlier in the year, I of course said “yes”. I am so glad I did because it ended up being a thrilling and exhilarating experience. To date it is one of my favorite roles to have performed.
Here are a couple of reviews that I got from the original production:
“Madalyn McKay is hysterical as Queen Victoria” – Roger Nasser Nytheatre.com
“McKay is appropriately imperious as Queen Victoria” – Duncan Pflaster – Broadway World .com
Of course it wasn’t just me that got great reviews:
“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
And of course there was this that greeted us at several performances:
Now I get to do it AGAIN!!!!!!!!!