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7th Monarch - Off-Broadway

Michael Rupert stars in this new play by Jim Henry.

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What Is the Story of 7th Monarch?
Miriam Hemmerick is in her 30s, a genius and a recluse. She was one of the most impressive students at her high school, from which she graduated at a very young age, and she earned the distinction of being named a “monarch,” only the 7th in the history of the school. Now, years later, Miriam lives in her childhood home amid endless stacks of catalogued newspapers and an undying obsession with the U.S. space program. A social worker comes to the house when she suspects that Miriam is cashing her parents' social security checks, and it turns out the parents are nowhere to be found. The investigation into what happened to them unfolds, set against the backdrop of local politics. As it does, long-hidden secrets—and not just Miriam’s—come to light.

Should I See It?

What is 7th Monarch Like?
The odd, troubled Miriam is at the heart of this play, which is equal parts drama and mystery. She wears a space helmet when she rides her bike, squints her eyes and wiggles her fingers to recall the endless amount of information filed away in the organized folders of her brain, and has unexplained outbursts when confronted, even incidentally, with a certain set of numbers. This simple set rotates between the clutter of the Hemmerick house and the sterile interior of local law enforcement buildings, while the small ensemble cast and short, charged scenes give the play the feel of an extended Law & Order episode.

Is 7th Monarch Good for Kids?
This one is a little heady for kids. No content, except for perhaps the death of Miriam's parents, is truly objectionable, but kids probably won't have the patience to unravel this cerebral play and its central mystery. Teens, however, would be just fine.