CHRISTINA~PHILIPPE

BY PER BRASK

STARRING KRISTI HANSEN & TREVOR SCHMIDT

WITH ADDITIONAL CONTENT BY KRISTI HANSEN, DARRIN HAGEN & TREVOR SCHMIDT
LIGHTING DESIGN BY ADAM TSUYOSHI TURNBULL
SET DESIGN BY ADAM TSUYOSHI TURNBULL & TREVOR SCHMIDT
SOUND DESIGN AND COMPOSITION BY DARRIN HAGEN
STAGE MANAGED BY KERRY JOHNSON
COSTUME DESIGN BY TREVOR SCHMIDT
WIG DESIGN BY JUDY MORLEY

"WELL JUST BECAUSE WE BOTH KNOW THAT I WANT TO BE A MAN AND YOU WANT TO BE A WOMAN DOESN'T NECESSARILY MEAN THAT I WANT TO PLAY HEAD GAMES." – CHRISTINA

"I HAVE A WOMAN'S SOUL AND A MAN'S BODY AND FOR YOU IT'S VICE VERSA." – PHILIPPE

"IMPROVEMENT' IS THE WRONG WORD. A MISLEADING WORD. IT MAKES ME SOUND AS IF I MIGHT SLIGHTLY HAVE A PROBLEM WITH WHO I AM. I DON'T." – CHRISTINA

PREVIEW: APRIL 30, 2015
OPENING: MAY 1 CLOSES: MAY 9
LOCATION: WESTBURY THEATRE, ATB FINANCIAL ARTS BARNS, 10330-84 AVENUE

PRESENTED AS PART OF THE FRINGE THEATRE ADVENTURES' ARTS AT THE BARNS SERIES

Per K. Brask

PLAYWRIGHT
PER K. BRASK

Darrin Hagen

DARRIN HAGEN SOUND DESIGN & COMPOSITION

Kerry Johnson

KERRY JOHNSON
STAGE MANAGER

Greta Garbo

GRETA GARBO IN THE FILM QUEEN CHRISTINA

PER K. BRASK

PER K. BRASK has taught in the Department of Theatre and Film at the University of Winnipeg since 1982.  His creative writing, essays and translations have appeared in Anthropologica, Border Crossings, Canadian Folklore, Canadian Theatre Review, C.G. Jung Page, Contemporary Verse 2, Consciousness, Literature and the Arts (where he also serves on the editorial board), Danish Literary Magazine, Descant, Ecotone, Event, Grain, Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism, The Literary Review, Malahat Review, Modern International Drama, NeWest Review, Nexus, Performing Arts Journal, Poetica, Poetry Canada Review, Poet Magazine, Poetry Kanto, Poetry Wales, Prairie Fire, The Philosophers' Magazine, Quarterly Review, Rhubarb Magazine and Zygote. His activities, apart from teaching, focus on Creative Writing, Translation and Dramaturgy. Together with Patrick Friesen he is currently working on translating a new collection of poems by Ulrikka S. Gernes scheduled for publication with Brick Books in the fall of 2015.

Christina & Philippe

CHRISTINA & PHILIPPE

CHRISTINA, QUEEN OF SWEDEN
18 December, 1626 – 19 April, 1689

Queen regnant of Sweden from 1633 to 1654, using the titles of Queen of Swedes, Goths, and Vandals, Grand Princess of Finland, and Duchess of Ingria, Estonia, Livonia and Karelia. As the heiress presumptive, at the age of six she succeeded her father on the throne of Sweden.

"she walked like a man, sat and rode like a man, and could eat and swear like the roughest soldiers". 

"she wears men's shoes and her voice and nearly all her actions are masculine". 

"was sunburnt, and she looked like a sort of Egyptian..., very strange, and more alarming than attractive".

"completely hairy and had a coarse and strong voice". 

"neither Male nor Hermaphrodite, as some People in the World have pass'd me for".

"...painted a lesbian, a prostitute, a hermaphrodite, and an atheist" by her contemporaries, though "in that tumultuous age, it is hard to determine which was the most damning label."

PHILIPPE I, DUKE OF ORLÉANS
21 September, 1640 – 9 June, 1701

The youngest son of Louis XIII of France and his wife, Anne of Austria. His older brother was Louis XIV, le roi soleil.

"prettiest child in the world".

"he displayed a 'lively intelligence' early on..."

"Queen Anne was observed to address Philippe by such nicknames as 'my little girl' and encouraged him to dress in feminine clothing even as a young man – a habit he would retain all his life".

Called "The silliest woman who ever lived", a reference to his effeminacy...

"As a young man, Philippe would dress up and attend balls and parties in female attire, for example, dressed as a shepherdess".

"Unabashedly effeminate and preferentially homosexual, he nonetheless fulfilled his dynastic duty by marrying twice and begetting several children.  Through the children of his two marriages, Philippe became an ancestor of most modern-day Roman Catholic royalty, giving him the nickname of 'the grandfather of Europe'..."

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