Episode 2.04: John Minigan, Queen of Sad Mischance


The newly retired high school drama teacher and playwright John Minigan is this month’s featured playwright, bringing his O’Neill Award finalist Queen of Sad Mischance. Carrying over from last month’s episode is the mini-theme of women slowly losing their mind and the caretakers who, well, have to take care of them. In this case, its a renowned feminist academic with a decaying mind and the student of color who comes in to help her finish her book before it’s too late. In the interview we talk Shakespeare, academia, Centastage’s Write On! program, and more. And do we break down Massachusetts High School Drama Festivals from the early ‘90s? Yes, yes we do.

Mentioned: CentaStage Write On!, The Plumbing Museum, Weston High School, Massachusetts High School Drama Festivals, The Ordinary Epic

Special thanks to The Depot for allowing us to record their reading for this podcast.



  • Kym was played by Elizabeth Reynolds

  • Beverly was played by Shaler Wright

  • Roy was played by Eric Michaelian

  • Stage Directions were read by Kristen Rowe