Who were you in high school? Were you a popular kid, a nerd, a jock or a prom queen? What “most likely to” superlative did you receive, and did you go on to become the person you aspired to be? For Jen Nash, being crowned the May Queen of Kingston High School was more of a jail sentence than a superlative. An honor bestowed upon one lucky girl at the annual May Day ceremony, the May Queen wears a white toga and is paraded through town in celebration of spring’s arrival. She is envied and worshipped by many. But for Jen Nash, May Day was a trauma from which she’s never recovered, and she disappeared from her hometown shortly thereafter. The gossip mill in Kingston kicks into high gear when, 15 years later, she returns home under mysterious circumstances, seeming a husk of her former self. Everyone has a theory about where she’s been, of course. Was she one of Elliot Spitzer’s hookers? Was she in a cult? Was she married to a sheik in Dubai? Jen answers none of these questions; she just hides out in her parents’ house and takes a temp job at a discount insurance company, where her new coworkers—the Zumba-addicted Gail and bookish nerd Dave—attempt to pull out any info they can. But when Jen finds out that her former high-school flame, Mike Petracca, with whom she shares a complicated past, is the star salesman at the insurance company, she knows she won’t be able to keep her secrets for long. In this fun, dark and surprising office comedy, Jen fights to be released from the prison of her small town’s expectations, abdicate the throne and disclose once and for all who she really is.
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- Type of Show Digital Script
- Product Code MR1DIG
- Cast Size 5
- Min. Royalty Rate $90/perf
- Cost $10.95
- Approx. Run Time 90 min
- ISBN(13) 9781619591868
“Explores the surface banality of its characters, as it slowly and skillfully makes its way toward revealing some deeper poetic truths.” — broadwayworld.com
“Amusing, manic, and touching. … Truly affecting.” — broadwayworld.com
“An intense play, crackling with humor and raw emotions that erupt to the surface.” —HuffPost
“Provocative and intensely thoughtful subject matter.” —HuffPost
“Irreverent yet endearing one-liners and pithy contemporary references to social media sites give way to an unwavering psychological excavation.” —HuffPost
“Lots of surprises will keep you squirming in your seats in this bittersweet comedy.” —Democrat & Chronicle
“With smart dialogue and extremely likable characters, the play is a past-meets-present mix of Mean Girls and Office Space.” —Democrat & Chronicle
“The May Queen, at its heart, actually hinges on emotional reconnection, and the idea of survivors with a past who are trying navigate the present.” —Democrat & Chronicle
“An intensely personal story about the dangers of allowing where you come from to define who you ultimately become.” —Rochester City Newspaper
“Metzler expertly establishes the discrepancies between the individual's internal reality and others' external judgments.” —Rochester City Newspaper
“Artfully employs the style of television situation comedy.” —The Chautauquan Daily
“Examines disappointment, secrets and misunderstandings in the workaday world of an insurance office.” —Cape Cod Times