From Publishers Weekly Starred Review. In the global literary cannon, Friedrich Von Schiller wears the label of Germany's Shakespeare. His drama, penned in the year 1800, recounts the tumultuous days leading up to the execution of Mary Queen of Scots under the authority of her cousin Queen Elizabeth I. Contemporary British playwright Peter Oswald has won tremendous acclaim for his translation of Von Schiller's play, which L.A. Theatre Works recently staged. Given such wide shifts across centuries, languages and oceans, the audio performance offers a remarkably relevant story line for 21st-century America. The angst-ridden Queen Elizabeth, played by veteran actress Jill Gascoine, ponders the very real threats of sabotage and insurgency as she moves toward a decision that smacks of pre-emptive capital punishment for political purposes. As she awaits her fate, the imprisoned Mary Queen of Scots, played by ER's Alex Kingston, must contend both with overzealous followers on their way to certain martyrdom and complicated romantic double-crossing worthy of Desperate Housewives. Both astute history buffs interested in intellectual speculation and more casual listeners simply in the mood for catty monarch-vs.monarch banter will find themselves transfixed. (Sept.) Copyright ? Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title. Read more Review 'Exhilarating - a fast moving narrative about the imprisoning effect of power.' Guardian --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title. Read more See all Editorial Reviews
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