"A Queen for a Day," according to press notes, "is a term of art used to describe written 'proffer agreements' between federal prosecutors and individuals under criminal investigation…proffer sessions permit these individuals to tell the government about their knowledge of crimes, with the understanding that their words will not be used against them in any later proceedings."
Ricigliano’s play takes place in the winter of 2011, "shortly after the largest coordinated sweep of organized crime in history. The lead character, Nino, is a Captain in a NY crime family. He reluctantly agrees to a 'proffer session' to speak about his younger brother who is the acting boss of his 'family.' In the play we learn of Nino’s Brooklyn upbringing, his personal demons and ultimately the reason he agrees to become A Queen for a Day."