Jackalope Theatre's Frontier Space. 1106 Thorndale Ave. Chicago.
1649, Sweden. Queen Christina of Sweden, has summoned Rene Descartes to her court to share with her the radical new ideas of the time. Descartes’s ideas about free will and reason appeal to Christina, who is struggling to reconcile between her rational, thinking self and emotions she dares not name-including her love for a woman. An enigmatic monarch, a flamboyant and unpredictable intellectual, a woman eager for knowledge, and a feminist before her time, which side of herself will Christina chose? Will her final choice be an act of madness? Or a bold gesture of love by a modern woman born out of her time – one whom the seventeenth century simply could not contain?
Christina, The Girl King premiered at the 2014 Stratford Festival and was hailed as a “regal romance. Bouchard once again proves himself a master of wild fantasy and the florid language to go with it, always deftly peppered with biting wit.” –Montreal Gazatte