The Rabbit Queen

Musicals & Operas · color & light theatre ensemble · Ages 18+ · 90 mins · United States of America

Content Warning world premiere

In 1726, the world was hoodwinked by a poor, illiterate woman named Mary Toft who managed to fool the finest doctors, scientists, and nobles into believing she could give birth to rabbits. Delivering on that promise, Mary performed the mesmerizing spectacle 17 times over, securing her place in history as "The Rabbit Queen.” The story of Mary’s viral hoax and subsequent cancellation is one that touches on themes of bodily autonomy, women’s reproductive freedom, gender and class roles, and the dangers of blindly trusting authority figures and the media. 

This new musical is raucous, irreverent, comedic and fast-paced. Produced by Color and Light Theatre Ensemble with developmental partnership from NMI

The writing team includes:


JAIME LYN BEATTY (lyrics) is a versatile performer, writer and producer and a founding member of Team Starkid and an associate artist with Rogue Artists Ensemble. Her credits include off-Broadway, Google, Netflix, Nickelodeon, The Superbowl, The Getty Villa & The New York Fringe Festival.

ILANA GORDON (book) is a writer, producer, stand up comic, and a regular contributor to humor sites like McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, The American Bystander, and Reductress. She has also contributed writing to NPR’s “Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me!”, Input Mag, Entertainment Weekly, Jezebel, The A.V. Club, The Daily Dot, and dot.LA.

LAURA WATKINS (music + lyrics) is a Los Angeles based Composer/Lyricist whose credits include American Reunion (Universal), The Longest Ride (Fox), and The Newsroom (HBO), along with many other network television shows. Her musical theatre work includes music/lyrics for Comic-Con the Musical (ASCAP/Dreamworks workshop 2016, Hollywood Fringe Festival 2017, apples and oranges Arts THEater accelerator 2018) and Glass Ceilings (workshopped at SAG & The Rockwell Table and Stage).


More information available at www.rabbitqueenmusical.com.

Production Team


laura watkins *

composer/co-lyricist

joanna syiek 

director/choreographer/producer

ilana gordon 

bookwriter

* Fringe Veteran