Synopsis: A drama with plenty of comedy,
the story of Beth Cromwell, a disturbed teenager who believes that she
is Elizabeth I. Consumed by "court intrigue", she spends her days
speaking in Elizabethan English to her imaginary court jester, Trigolid.
For two years Beth has refused to take anti-psychotic medication, as it
would destroy her delusions. In order to manipulate Beth into taking
her medicine, Dr. Burger, her psychiatrist, inserts himself and her
parents into Beth's fantasy, as historical characters. The mystery
deepens as Burger begins to suspect that a dark family secret is at the
root of Beth's psychosis. If she finally takes the medication, she will
lose the defense mechanism that has protected her, but if she doesn't,
others may fall prey to the shadow that has encompassed her life.
Cast Size: 2 Males, 2
"a fascinating new work... with Gloriana Spoler
builds on his reputation for creating intensely human characters living
fascinating lives within a unique premise." - The Baltimore Sun
the Colonial Players "Promising Playwrights Award" and the "Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Fellowship."