Damiano Pietropaolo, head of CBC Radio drama, has adapted a play by one of Italy's most important playwrights.
The Queen and The Rebels will have its Canadian premiere in a joint production with Pro Arte Productions and Lovers and Madmen, upstairs at Canadian Stage Company's 26 Berkeley St. theatre, beginning November 28.
The Queen and The Rebels was written in 1951 by Ugo Betti, as one of the more than 25 plays he wrote during his lifetime. A story of deep betrayal and sacrifice, the play deals with individuals who are forced to make difficult moral decisions in times of war. With its universal themes of redemption and justice, The Queen brings to mind recent human tragedies in various war-torn sections of the globe.
The last English translation was in 1955 by Henry Reed, for a London, England, production starring John Gielgud.
Canadian Colleen Dewhurst starred in a New York version in 1983; it was extremely well received and prompted Clive Barnes to call it "an extremely engrossing and thrilling play." This production is directed by Dora Award-winner Ned Vukovic.
The Queen and The Rebels runs at 26 Berkelety Street from November 28 to December 14.
For tickets call The Canadian Stage Company: 416-368-3110.
By Mira Friedlander