October 28, 2016

The last performance of the Classical Theatre of Harlem’s production of Fit for a Queen will be Sunday.

Fit for a Queen is the earliest play of mine I still list on my website.  In some ways, it’s my first real play. 

I wrote it at a point when I was profoundly disillusioned with politics in general and the activists I knew in particular, most especially myself. 

I had begun to see everything anyone did as a ploy for power and attention.  The professors and student speakers at rallies for causes I cared about seemed like wanna-demagogues, preaching to the converted for their own aggrandizement.  When I was asked to speak, I too felt like a wannabe-demagogue who cared more about how I came off than what I actually accomplished. 

It seemed myopically cruel to organize conferences about refugees at Ivy League colleges and end them by blowing a ton of our university’s money on fancy meals for  our invited speakers and ourselves.  Yet, how I enjoyed those meals!

I questioned...

October 3, 2016

Original article: http://theintervalny.com/interviews/2016/09/betty-shamieh-on-fit-for-a-queen/

Written by Victoria Myers

Photography by Jacqueline Harriet

September 29th, 2016

In Gallery 115 of the Egyptian Art wing of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, there are several statues of Hatshepsut, both as a woman and a man. The female Hatshepsut ruled ancient Egypt as Pharaoh, a title reserved for men and considered higher than Queen. And like many controversial and powerful women, she was then erased by history. Playwright Betty Shamieh is bringing Hatshepsut back into focus with her new play Fit for a Queen, which is being produced by The Classical Theatre of Harlem and running at 3LD Art & Technology Center through October 30th. Betty’s work has been performed and workshopped in numerous theatres, both in New York and throughout Europe. Other plays include The Black Eyed, Roar, and Again and Against. She’s received a Guggenheim Fellowship and two New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowships....

October 3, 2016

Entry #4 of Countdown to the Classical Theatre of Harlem production of FIT FOR A QUEEN

So, here it is! 

The fantastic list of actors who are going to make our comedy come to life next week.

April Yvette Thompson*.............Hatshepshut

Sheria Irving*...........................Senenmut

John Clarence Stewart*.............Wanre

Gilbert Cruz*.............................Thutmose II

Shereen Macklin*......................Neferure

Eshan Bay*..............................Tutu

Sujotta Pace*...........................Meritre

Portland Thomas.......................Ensemble

Nedra Snipes............................Ensemble

Tiffany Nicole Webb..................Ensemble

Kalon Hayward..........................Ensemble

Not every day for a playwright is a good day.  In fact, let’s face it.  Many days are not.  Most of us are broke or bitter about our day jobs.  Our lives are riddled with rejection.  The clearest sign that you have “made it” in your chosen field is that someone wants to pay you a lot of money to leave...

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