by Susan Cinoman
Guenevere is a darkly comic feminist retelling of the King Arthur legend where it’s Guenevere, not Arthur, who is the rightful ruler of England- and proves it by not only pulling the proverbial sword from the stone, but through her wit and leadership capabilities. Arthur, along with his paramour, Morgan, Guenevere’s half sister, vie for power and control of Camelot until Guenevere, through many personal losses, reigns victorious.
- Cast Size: 2/3M 2W
- Running Time: 90+ minutes
- Royalty Rate: $75 per performance
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About the Playwright
Playwright and television writer, Susan Cinoman created the character of Miss Cinoman and wrote for ABC’s-TV’s The Goldbergs. Her plays include Fitting Rooms featured in Best Short Plays by Applause Books and “The Bardo State” in “She Persisted, Honor Roll” also byApplause. Her Off-Broadway productions were Gin and Bitters and Cinoman and Rebeck at The Miranda Theatre Company. Other productions in NYC include Sweet Sand and Hungarian Rhapsody at Ensemble Studio Theatre, Naked Angels and Circle Repertory, among others. Other productions include Beds at Secret Rose, Los Angeles, Hungarian Rhapsody at Gulfshore Playhouse, Naples, Fla, Guenevere at Connecticut Theatre Exchange, Washington, CT and many one- acts produced internationally. Awards:The Best Connecticut Filmmaker Award in 2009; The Best Narrative Film at New England Film and Video Festival; an Official Selection by The International Berkshire Film Festival; The Maxwell Anderson Playwrights Prize, and The Aristos Award, Guilford Prize in Drama for Guenevere, published by Next Stage Press and Best International Screenplay for Represent, a television pilot. She is a member of the WGAE, The League of Professional Theatre Women and Honor Roll!
Guenevere cuts through the classic Arthurian legend with a sharp sword to make us rethink what Women have to do to succeed and to be seen while they are doing it. Susan is a master of dark, comedic dialogue that makes you laugh in spite of yourself. A fresh, contemporary story that releases powerful women from the rock that has held them stuck for ages.
Susan Cinoman’s GUENEVERE upends the traditional King Arthur legend by putting Guenevere center stage. A foundling who is tricked into squandering her birthright, she embarks on a journey to right wrongs, lead her country with loving wisdom, and oust a certain sword-from-the-stone swindler. Funny, theatrical, a wickedly clever, GUENEVERE is one of the most exciting new plays I’ve seen in years.
Guenevere is a highly imaginative retelling of the Arthurian myth, as seen through a modern female lens. Susan Cinoman has created sharp and engaging characters that lead us through this legendary tale, filled with clever surprises and dramatic plot twists and turns. The dialogue sparkles with humor, wit and most importantly, truth. Guenevere is a thought provoking play, that offers colorful and attention grabbing roles for the entire cast.
A fantastic adaptation of a timeless classic. Guenevere turns the traditional story of King Arthur right on its head. A brilliant analysis of gender roles and the unfair expectations of women in society.