Queen of Swords is a new rock musical with book and lyrics
by Thom Mesrobian and music by Ben Shepler and Thom
Mesrobian. It tells the true story of an unbelievable life. Julie
D’Aubigny lived at the end of the 17th century in the shadow
of Versailles. She rose from poverty to become an expert
sword fighter, scandalous lover and eventually the star of
Opera Paris. She was bisexual, possibly transgendered and
battled with a number of personal demons that culminated in
at least two suicide attempts. She seduced wives, dueled
their husbands and once burned down a convent to rescue
her girlfriend from the nuns. All this before dying from fever
at the age of 33.
Julie’s story remains relevant to this very day as members of
the LGBTQ community and the CIS community struggle to
deal with the complex issues and pressures and struggle that
comes from searching for identity. The mix of styles, rock and Parisian flair, provide a rich and energetic backdrop
for the story to unfold and resounds with the message that
“You are not alone”.
Currently Rogue Stage is running a fundraising campaign through GoFundMe in advance of its' world premiere. Patrons can sponsor a character for the World Premiere! In addition to being listed as a sponsor you will also receive a one of a kind piece of conceptual art by Josefina Heit. Insta: @itsnivu and email @ firstname.lastname@example.org
***Auditions will be open to the community***
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