With a swift sword-stroke to Anne Boleyn’s neck, the Princess Elizabeth becomes a royal bastard. Elizabeth, age 3: “How hath it yesterday ‘Lady Princess’ and today but ‘Elizabeth?'"

Fresh from a triumphant run at BAM’s New Wave Festival, Karin Coonrod's texts&beheadings/ElizabethR is a dazzling theatrical self-portrait taken from
Queen Elizabeth’s own poems, letters, speeches and prayers.

"...a surprisingly graspable crash course in Elizabeth I and her times... a glittering mosaic portrait of a queen... This witty, hourlong performance piece was created by Compagnia’s founder, Karin Coonrod, a theater artist of far-reaching inventiveness."

Ben Brantley, New York Times.



February 17, 2017 at Wesleyan University, 8:00pm

283 Washington Terrace, Middletown, CT 06459

February 23, 2017, 7:00 pm

Cathedral of St. John the Divine

Amsterdam Avenue @112th Street



Helga Davis

Juliana Francis Kelly

Cristina Spina

Adina Verson

Music by Gina Leishman

Set by John Conklin

Costumes by Oana Botez

Lights by Peter Ksander

Assoc. Lighting Designer:  Cecilia Durbin

Movement by Adrian Silver

Sound: Tony Geballe

Production Stage Manager:  Katherine Shelton   

Assistant Stage Manager:  Alex Hansen 




at The Folger Theater, Washington, DC   (photos by T Wood)

and Brooklyn Academy of Music/Next Wave Festival  (photos by Paula Court)



Monique Barbee

Ayeje Feamster

Juliana Francis-Kelly

Cristina Spina


Music: Gina Leishman

Scenic Design: John Conklin

Costume Design: Oana Botez

Light Design: Peter Ksander

Hair & Make-Up Design: Jon Carter

Movement Director: Adrian Silver

Voice& Text Coach: Gigi Buffington

Production Stage Manager: Carol Clark

Assistant Stage Manager: Katherine Shelton