Compleat Female Stage Beauty: Bawdy, Historical Comedy-Drama by Jeffrey Hatcher
Crown City Theatre at St. Matthew’s Church (North Hollywood, CA)
In 1661, when only men played women on England’s theater stages, Edward Kynaston reigned supreme as London’s most celebrated leading lady. But when actress Margaret Hughes persuades King Charles II to allow actual females to take the stage, the king’s own courtesan, Nell Gwynn, and Kynaston’s former dresser, Maria, become stars while Kynaston’s career may be cut short — spurring him down a path of revenge and reinvention. Jeffrey Hatcher’s hilarious, yet poignant play was also adapted into the film Stage Beauty with Billy Crudup and Claire Danes.