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The Abdication
The Abdication
"Crackles with energy and sexual tension. A modern historical work in the tradition of A Man for All Seasons." —San Francisco Magazine

"A beautiful, moving work from beginning to end." —Ms. Magazine

"Contemporary significance in its protagonist, a woman in search of herself…tremendous present-day impact and heart-touching emotion…for those who want intelligence and wit with their love story." —New York Magazine
By Ruth Wolff.

Cast: 6m., 4w. In 1655, Christina of Sweden abdicated the throne, gives up Protestantism to become a Catholic and arrives in Rome expecting to be welcomed by the pope as the church's newest, most ardent and most celebrated convert. She is stunned to discover that, instead, she is forced to face an intensive examination of her life and motives by Cardinal Azzolino—with whom, shocking and unexpectedly, she falls in love. While based on history, this searing emotion-charged drama is a modern timeless exploration of the ambiguities and conflicts posed by the warring masculine and feminine aspects of herself. This highly acclaimed drama, which premiered at the Bristol Old Vic, and which Ms. Wolff then adapted for the Warner Bros. film starring Liv Ullman and Peter Finch, has earned international praise in major productions in many languages. Unit set. Approximate Running Time: 2 hours.

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Status:  (Subject to Restriction)
Type of show:  Full-Length
Catalog Code:  AA3
Cast Size:  10
No. of Act(s):  2
Pages:  116
Royalty:  $75.00 /perf.*
Cost:  $8.95
Approx. Running Time:  120 min.
Target Audience: College and Adult
Performing Group: College Theatre | Community Theatre | Stock & Lort
Genre: Drama
ISBN (10): 1583421556
Publication Date: 12/05/2002
Ruth Wolff's recently published volume, Notable Women—and a Few Equally Notable Men (Broadway Play Publishing), is a collection of nine of her biographical plays preceded by the essay, Dramatizing Lives—The Art of Writing the Biographical Play, in which Wolff shares her considerable knowledge and experience in the subject. The Abdication premiered at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and has ...More
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