Created and performed by Noelle McMurtry and Emma Tattenbaum-Fine, Queen of Hearts combines autobiographical storytelling, American musical theatre songs, and original projected artwork to explore the layers of absurdity, complexity, and beauty that form as we engage with loving and what it means to be loved.
Queen of Hearts both traces and subverts this classic romantic narrative: an initial self-questioning, a deep-seeded longing for human connection, the spark of deeper feelings, the pain of unrequited desire, the contentment in being loved, the rupture of a bond, and the ultimate decision to move forward wiser, but slightly scarred.
Ultimately, Queen of Hearts is an evening of cabaret theatre in its purest form: through spoken word and song, two women explore the questions that we constantly ask ourselves about love. Will I ever feel deeply loved? Am I worth loving "forever"? And when love does find me, will I be able to offer it in return?
Emma is a comedic actor and writer. She played Logainne in “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” at ACT of CT (Broadway World Nomination for “Best Ensemble”) and she returned there to do Godspell in winter of 2020, with Stephen Schwartz revising his classic for this revamped production. Emma appears in Netflix’s “Explained”. She’s been a joke writer for NYTW gala hosts, Broadway’s Jeremy O. Harris & Heidi Schreck and has hosted HQ Trivia live in front of millions of players internationally. She’s written several full-length scripts, and sketch and stand-up comedy for truTV, Comedy Central and Refinery29.
Check out Maryland-based artist Andrea's art, crafts, and illustration: www.andreakleinatelier.com
Queen of Hearts premiered at The Duplex Cabaret Theatre (NYC) in 2016, and was later work-shopped that same year at The Pleiades Project Launch Event. Awarded a Career Development Grant from Peabody Institute in 2017 to expand its theatrical scope, Emma and Noelle collaborated with visual artist Andrea Kleinbussink for their performance at Stillpointe Theatre (Baltimore). In 2018, Noelle and Emma performed Queen of Hearts at Areté Venue and Gallery through Inception to Exhibition (NYC) .