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Stewart O’Nan’s new book, Ocean State, has recently been released in the United States to wide acclaim. However, today we are going to look at one of his earlier books – 2001’s The Speed Queen. In a change from our usual format, this isn’t a book or an adaptation of a Stephen King text, but instead a novel that uses Stephen King as a character. King is the (unnamed but highly guessable) recipient of the last testament of Marjorie Standiford, mother, daughter, drug addict, sex addict, speed freak and apparent killer. On death row, who else but Stephen King would listen to her side of the love triangle that put her on a collision course with capital punishment?
Convicted murderer Marjorie Standiford has agreed to spend her last hours on Death Row talking into a tape recorder, answering questions posed by a celebrated author about her involvement in a killing spree, her drug addiction, wild sex life, and why she is where she is.
Adapted from the novel by Stewart O’Nan and starring Anne Stockton, this harrowing one-woman tour de force won for Outstanding Performance – Solo Show at the 2007 NYC Midtown International Theater Festival.
“…both satisfying and frightening…she’s captured Marjorie’s innocence and insanity.”
Stewart O’Nan, Author
“Performed by the remarkable Anne Stockton… this is a daring piece of theater. Austin Pendleton has directed the play with a keen understanding of the humanity within the monster.”