Elizabeth I: In Her Own Words

Intrigue. Betrayal. Unconsummated love. Danger.  Step into the world of Elizabeth I as she navigates the stormy waters of late 16th century England. Ascending the English throne in a vibrant but turbulent time she was a brilliant and canny stateswoman, politician, and ruler whose own letters provide a captivating peek into her inner thoughts, desires, heartaches, fears, doubts, and joys.  Intertwined with speeches from the plays of Shakespeare, the letters of the Virgin Queen paint a unique portrait of this remarkable and complex woman.

General/All Ages
55 minutes
Theatre, Solo Performance, Storytelling
Redline Contemporary Art Center
2350 Arapahoe St, Denver, CO 80205

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Elizabeth I played by Tammy Meneghini

Tammy Meneghini’s most recent acting credits include Heros of the Fourth Turning and  Admissions (with Curious Theatre Company, Denver), To Kill a Mockingbird, Hamlet, Measure for Measure, and The Fantasticks (with the Colorado Shakespeare Festival) as well as Gidion’s Knot, Master Class, Reason, The Visit, Company and Fiddler on the Roof.  Her award-winning solo performance piece The Great Goddess Bazarre, has toured extensively around the country and world, including the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Solo show, Elizabeth I: In Her Own Words, will be seen in Denver, New York City and Edinburgh in the summer of 2024. 

Written by Carole Levin

Carole Levin, the Willa Cather Professor of History and Director of the Medieval and Renaissance Studies Program at the University of Nebraska, is the author or editor of sixteen books, including The Heart and Stomach of a King: Elizabeth I and the Politics of Sex and Power, The Reign of Elizabeth I, Dreaming the English Renaissance, and, most recently, the edited collection, Scholars and Poets Talk about Queens. She was senior historical consultant on the Newberry Library exhibit, Elizabeth I: Ruler and Legend, and in 2015 was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of York in England.

Directed by Lynn Nichols

Lynn Nichols is a Colorado based director who has worked extensively with the Colorado Shakespeare Festival serving as general manager, casting director and director.  He also was on faculty at University of Colorado, Boulder teaching Acting Shakespeare, coaching voice and speech and directing.  Productions include, Othello, The Winter’s Tale, Tartuffe, As You Like It, Cloud 9, Mother Courage and Her Children, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Twelfth Night.

Produced by Flying Solo! Presents, Penny Cole

Penny is a lifelong theatre maker, educator, and award-winning director, with 20 years of experience in the development of new work. In 2018, she founded Flying Solo! Presents with the expressed purpose of fostering new work by American artists on the international stage. Since the premiere season in Edinburgh in 2019, Flying Solo! Presents has supported more than 45 artists in 27 productions in Edinburgh, Denver, and New York City. Productions, live and online, include 4 concerts by American based musicians, a dance production, multiple solo shows, new musicals, and audio plays in collaboration with This is Not a Theatre Company. At the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2022 and 2023, Flying Solo! Presents produced a showcase of new American work and emerging American artists featuring 25 unique and talented artists.  Follies!!A Showcase of Bits and Bobs will be back in Edinburgh in 2024 highlighting the work of a brand-new group of artists. 

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Redline Contemporary Art Center

2350 Arapahoe St, Denver, CO 80205

Entrance: The main entrance is on the east side of the building off of 24th St.

Parking: There is some parking in the alley on the south side of the building, and street parking

Accessibility: There is a ramp to the main entrance and ADA bathrooms

Admission: You must show your ticket confirmation or purchase a ticket at the venue; all seating is general admission, audiences will wait in a queue before entry to the show