Explore Egyptian heritage with a digital reading of an original work entitled His Majesty, Herself by May Treuhaft-Ali. The story surrounds an Egyptian-American archaeology student who embarks on a journey through Egypt’s ancient ruins and mythical realms to uncover the truth about her Egyptian roots.
In His Majesty, Herself, Reem, an Egyptian-American college student from DC, visits Cairo for the first time on a summer trip with her archaeology class. While there, she receives visitations from the female pharaoh Hatshepsut. Hatshepsut is concerned that the narrative of her reign has been distorted over the centuries, and seeks Reem’s help in setting the record straight. Together, Reem and Hatshepsut embark on an archaeological quest that leads them to many of Egypt’s most famous sites, and to Duat, the ancient Egyptian Land of the Dead. By telling Hatshepsut’s story, Reem finds a way to make her heritage her own.
May Treuhaft-Ali is a playwright, director, and dramaturg. After graduating from Wesleyan University, she completed an M.Phil in Theatre and Performance Studies at Trinity College Dublin on a George J. Mitchell Scholarship. She is a Writing Fellow at The Playwrights Realm and an alumna of Clubbed Thumb’s Early-Career Writers’ Group. Her plays have been produced at the Dublin Scene+Heard Festival, the Wild Project, Young Playwrights Inc., the Blank Theatre Company, and the Planet Connections Theatre Festivity. As a director, she specializes in site-specific performance. She has worked as a dramaturg at Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Haven Theatre, and Ars Nova ANT Fest. May is currently the Literary Fellow at Playwrights Horizons.
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