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Fit for a Queen

3 Male, 4 Female

Betty Shamieh Price: $15.95

Fit for a Queen is a tragic comedy of epic proportions spun with a modern sensibility

It's inspired by the life of Hatshepsut

A woman who ruled as a pharaoh in ancient Egypt

Under the guidance of Senenmut - her female lover - Hatshepsut usurps the throne from her son-in-law, Thutmose III

Full of intrigue, farce, and sexual politics

Runs about 100 minutes


“Plenty of glamorous backstabbing, diva dissing and sexual double-crossing … has every right to claim the name Dynasty for itself. But the title character in Betty Shamieh’s bouncy, bumpy comic melodrama is the real thing. A queen, I mean, and not just of the self-dramatizing type. Scratch that. She’s more than a queen. She’s a pharaoh, one Hatshepsut, who reigned over Egypt for 20 odd years in the 15th century BC, and the distinction is important in a time when women rarely ruled, at least not officially. (Ancient days, huh?) A subversive speculation on the nature of power” ~ Ben Brantley, The New York Times

“Funny, both witty — Shamieh’s sharp-tongued women lacerate one another and their shared opponents — and farcical. Fit for a Queen may have attracted attention due to its election-season parallels … but it’s Senenmut who is [Shamieh’s] favorite kind of antihero: the oppressed subject who refuses to play angel, the recipient of horrors who manages to deliver some horrors of her own. She’s bundled contradictions, as the best-written characters always are: power-hungry but empathetic; hardened through experience but naive enough to be betrayed; often the smartest person in the room, so always surprised when she’s outwitted.” —Harvard Magazine

“If the premise sounds like a history lesson, this play delivers a hilarious, beautifully written tale of what it takes to be a woman in power and how absolute power does inevitably corrupt absolutely … the writing is both poetic and powerful and the comedy is intelligent and sharp. The wily Senenmut has an evil streak that rivals many a Shakespearean villain” ~ Tribeca Trib

Fit for a Queen reveals the life and reign of Hatshepsut in a way never before explored, thus ensuring Hatshepsut’s name is not lost to the ages” ~ Huffington Post

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