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The Princess Dandelion dresses as a boy in order to escape her rapist and would-be husband, along the way falling in love with another princess, and traveling through her society, meeting nuns, soldiers, and clowns, and all the time her pregnancy continues, the impending birth complicating everything.

 
World-Premiere Theatrical Production at Urban Stages
written by Duncan Pflaster
directed by Joan Kane
produced by Ego Actus
starring as Princess Dandelion
co-starring Kelly Zekas, Erin Nelson, Maria Peyramaure, Kate Dickinson, Calaine Schafer, Shannon Stowe, Mim Granahan, Dianne Diep and Susan Wallack

musician Revay Henneman, set designer Mark Marcante, costumes designer Caitlin Cisek, lighting designer Bruce A! Kraemer, sound designer David Lawson, projections by Roy T. Chang, fight choreographer Teddy Lytle, stage manager Kacey Stamats, press rep Scotti Rhodes, box office manager Rae Rossi, wardrobe supervisor Azizi Bell, assistant costume designer Katie Olwell, assistant lighting designer Michael Kalmanowitz, carpenter JonPaul Rosado, and electricians Josh Karp &  Mike Birnbaum

 

“So, quite apart from the admiration that this play inspires simply for accomplishing its surface objective of bringing a rollicking and exciting Shakespeare-styled verse adventure to the contemporary stage, The Tragedy of Dandelion finds, to my mind, a much higher calling. Our world seems to have much still to learn about the indignities women suffer at the hands of men. Expert drama like this – engaging, involving, heart-rending – provides a visceral punch that gives us much to consider about this important subject.”
~ Martin Denton, Indie Theatre Now

“Addresses serious and timeless topics such as rape, sexual identity and gender roles while also using the type of rhetorical devices so common in influences like Shakespeare that bring an undercurrent of humor and humanity to the content. The performances were presented with skill.”
~ Kessa De Santis, ELJ Arts Annex

“Like any good story, there are interesting characters, beautiful costumes, plenty of dancing and lots of love. Playwright Duncan Pflaster gives the audience all of these and much more in this play written in iambic pentameter and performed via twenty-nine male and female roles by ten women.”
~ Kristin Hardwick, HiDrama