Queen of the Mist | Transport Group

Queen of the Mist

Words & Music by
Michael John LaChiusa

Directed by
Jack Cummings III

Mary Testa

Commissioned by 
Transport Group Theatre Company

with major support from 
The Shen Family Foundation

Queen of the Mist 
is produced in association with:
Sarah Ackerman 
Sase Sham 
Benjamin D. Goldberg & Jennifer Orr
Jamie DeRoy

October 18 - December 5, 2011

The Gym at Judson, 243 Thompson St

Based on an astounding, outrageous, and haunting true story,Queen of the Mist stars two-time Tony nominee Mary Testa as Anna Edson Taylor, who, in 1901 at the age of 63, set out to be the first woman to shoot Niagara Falls — in a barrel of her own design. Navigating both the treacherous Falls and a fickle public with a ravenous appetite for sensationalism, this unconventional heroine vies for her legacy in a world clamoring with swindling managers, assassins, revolutionaries, moralizing family, anarchists, and activists. Convinced that there is greatness in her and determined not to live as ordinary, she sets out to battle her fear and tempt her fate. With a score that incorporates turn-of-the-century themes with signature LaChiusa elements, Queen of the Mist is the story of a single great fall, and how one woman risked death so that she could live.

Theresa McCarthy
Stanley Bahorek
D.C. Anderson
Julia Murney
Tally Sessions
Andrew Samonsky
Mary Testa
Jack Cummings III
Sandra Goldmark
Scenic Design
Kathryn Rohe
Costume Design
R. Lee Kennedy
Lighting Designer
Nov 7, 2011

“[Mary] Testa, a performer of radioactive presence and lungs of steel…has the stuff of which musical bulldozers are made…directed with lyricism and lucidity by Jack Cummings III.”

Nov 7, 2011

“LaChiusa... has here pursued a straightforward narrative line with grace and imagination, reaching upward musically toward opera and dipping down into turn-of-the-century saloon tunes while always sustaining the dramatic tone.”

Nov 7, 2011

“In Queen of the Mist, Michael John LaChiusa has written Mary Testa the part of a lifetime.”

Nov 7, 2011

“An unusual story, a provocative score and inventive staging by Jack Cummings III combine to make this an intriguing offering from the Transport Group”