Horseplay: or, The Fickle Mistress, a Protean Picaresque
by Trav S.D.
directed by Elyse Singer
Adah Isaacs Menken. The Naked Lady. The Great Bare. Prince Mazeppa. Infelicita. Dolorous. Black. White. Jewish. Catholic. Housewife. Lesbian. Actress. Poet. Equestrienne. World famous. Forgotten. Who was she really? Theatre Askew continues its celebration of the history of queer culture in New York City with Horseplay: or, The Fickle Mistress, a biographical reconstruction/Ridiculous reimagining of the life of the 19th-century international superstar, Adah Isaacs Menken. Since 2004 Theatre Askew’s productions have attempted to straddle categories often set in opposition to each other: accessible and experimental; pleasing and provoking; popular and alternative. Past productions include Bald Diva! and i google myself (both nominated for GLAAD Media Awards) and I, Claudius. In 2009, Askew kicked off its queer history series with the world premiere of William M. Hoffman’s Cornbury: The Queen’s Governor, starring David Greenspan and Everett Quinton. This production marks the company’s La Mama debut.
2/14/2015 at 8:00pm