The West Coast premiere of Martyna Majok's play queens has found its cast for its La Jolla Playhouse engagement. The new play by the Pulitzer Prize winner tells the stories of two generations of immigrant women living in a basement apartment in Queens, and looks at their sacrifices, choices, and joys.
Directed by Carey Perloff (Playhouse’s The Orphan of Zhao), the production will run July 3–29 in the Playhouse’s Sheila and Hughes Potiker Theatre.
The cast will be made up of Jolly Abraham (Off-Broadway’s Cost of Living) as Aamani/Yara, Leslie Fray (Elementary) as Pelagiya/Dragana, Rae Gray (Fear the Walking Dead) as Inna/Tanya, Brenda Meaney (Party Face) as Renia, Melissa Miller (Tartuffe) as Agata, and Xochitl Romero (Kill Local) as Isabela/Glenys.
The creative team includes scenic designer David Israel Reynoso (Healing Wars, Waking La Llorona); costume designer Denitsa Bliznakova (The Cake); lighting designer Lap Chi Chu (At the Old Place, Ruined); sound designer and composer Mark Bennett (Junk, An Iliad); dramaturg Shirley Fishman; and stage manager Katrina Herrmann.
“We are deeply honored to host this exquisite new play by Martyna Majok, fresh off winning the Pulitzer Prize,” said Playhouse Artistic Director Christopher Ashley. “Searing, powerful and compassionate, queens explores the contemporary immigrant experience and the cost of leaving behind a life in one country for the tenuous promise of something better in another.”
Majok's queens received its world premiere at LCT3/Lincoln Center Theater with direction by Danya Taymor. Performances ran February 14–March 25. Watch highlights from the production below: