England: where the soldiers are underpaid, Burbage and Shakespeare are quarreling, and the queen is growing dangerously impatient with her latest suitor. Welcome to the reign of Elizabeth I.

On September 13 at 7pm, Madison Shakespeare Company presents a staged reading of Queen Elizabeth, an original play by Nick Schweitzer. Directed by Emily Morrison Weeks.

Featuring Sarah Z. Johnson as Elizabeth and Henry Malueg as Essex.

Performed at Arts + Literature Laboratory, 2021 Winnebago St., Madison. Free and open to the public.