Created and Directed by Karin Coonrod

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About the Play

Created and directed by Karin Coonrod. A world premiere, exploring the life and language of England’s greatest queen.  Drawing in part from the Folger collection of Elizabeth’s letters, the play uses her own words to reveal Elizabeth’s wit, courage, and extraordinary love of her people.  Four actresses portray the resilient queen, through poems, prayers and private letters. Produced in association with Compagnia de’ Colombari.


$30 tickets for texts&beheadings/ElizabethR are available for the selected performances below using the Festival Discount Pass Code WVFEST.

Tuesday, September 22 at 7:30pm

Wednesday, September 23 at 7:30pm

Tuesday, September 29 at 7:30pm

Wednesday, September 30 at 7:30pm

Thursday, October 1 at 7:30pm


To purchase tickets and learn more about our free special events and pre-show talks, please visit us online.


Karin Coonrod (Creator and Director)

Karin Coonrod is a theater maker whose work has been seen and heard across the country and around the world.  She founded two theater companies – the Arden Party and Compagnia de Colombari.  Her Shakespeare productions include:  Theatre for a New Audience: Henry VI, Love’s Labor’s Lost, King John, Julius Caesar, Coriolanus; Hartford Stage:  Othello; LaMama ETC:  The Tempest.


Gina Leishman (Composer)

Gina Leishman is a composer, multi-instrumentalist, and performer. She composes for theater, opera, dance, film, television and the concert stage, garnering numerous awards. Collaborations with other artists include directors Robert Woodruff, Lisa Peterson, Daniel Fish and Joseph Cahikin, writers Ellen McLaughlin, Tony Kushner and Naomi Wallace. She leads various ensembles, including her long standing septet, Kamikaze Ground Crew.


Folger Theatre

201 East Capitol Street SE
Washington DC 20003