The A.C.T. Master of Fine Arts Program presents
by Lynn Nottage
Directed by Nicole Watson
In the gilded French palace of Louis XIV, two outsiders begin a hesitant friendship. Nabo, a tiny African from Dahomey, is delivered in a box to entertain spoiled Queen Marie-Thérèse. She is the queen only in title. In reality, she is derided for her Spanish-accented French, mocked for her bad teeth, and ignored by her cheating husband. In the lethal hierarchy of Versailles, where dangerous liaisons or bad jokes can end in exile or execution, Marie-Thérèse recognizes in diminutive Nabo a fellow foreigner. But as the pair forge a tentative relationship, he starts to realize both the draw and the danger of intimacy with the queen. Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lynn Nottage uses the lens of 17th-century Versailles to examine contemporary ideas about race and tolerance, crafting a play about loneliness and understanding, love and power.
Performances take place in The Rueff at A.C.T.’s Strand Theater, 1127 Market Street, San Francisco