"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."
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.