Productions & Digital Readings

His Majesty, Herself

Written by May Treuhaft-Alis
Directed by Sivan Battat
March 21, 2021

His Majesty, Herself 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.

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.

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Meet the Playwright

May Treuhaft-Ali

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.

Meet the Director

Sivvan Battat

Sivan Battat (she/they) is a queer Iraqi-Jewish artist & organizer based in New York City, focused on new play and new musical development, and Arab-Jewish cultural organizing. Sivan creates work that leans into multiplicity and resists cultural erasure, that explores the contemporary trauma of displacement across immigrant experiences, that asks questions about nostalgia and home, prioritizing community justice and accountability work. Sivan’s work seeks to make deeply individual stories into universal ones, helping us understand how our liberation is, and will always be, collectively bound.

Sivan is on the board of Ammud: the Jews of Color Torah Academy, a member of the Roundabout Directors’ Group, as well as Tzedek Lab: a Jewish Justice Lab and formerly the Artistic Apprentice at Studio Theatre in Washington, DC. She is a faculty educator with B’Yachad, a fellowship through the Jewish educator project for Jewish educators of color, and recently completed the Dorot Fellowship, where they studied Mizrahi Feminisms and Arabic and organized for justice in Israel-Palestine. Sivan works to bridge justice work and cultural work, bringing the power of performance & story to our movements, and the vision of movement work to our theaters.

Meet the Cast

Aline Salloum as Reem

Layla Khoshnoudi as Hatchepsut

Omar A. Said as uncle sarwat/dad

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Jared Graham as the Professor/ Thutmose III

Marsh Rehns as Mom/Osiris

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