The Cry of The Queen is play by Kyrgyz drmaturge Sultan Raev.

The play adopted and directed by Orzu Arts’s founder and artistic director Yuldosh Juraboev.

The Cry of the Queen tells the story of the legendary Kurmanjan Datka, the first female ruler in Central Asia. In 1862, her husband Alimbek, king of the Alay mountains, died at the hands of traitors. Kurmanjan immediately took his crown and dedicated herself to fulfilling his political vision. Not long after, Russian General Skobelev attacked the Kyrgyz rebels and captured their Alay queen. Kurmanjan was eventually forced to sacrifice her own son in order to rescue her people from certain genocide. The Cry of the Queen is about this tragic page in the history of Kyrgyzstan.
Kurmanjan died in 1907, at the age of 97, and despite a series of tragic life events, she never broke off relations with Russia.


The Cry of the Queen is a play in folklore – ethnographic form; in fact it is theatrical ritual. Its unconventional dramaturgy also explores customs to reveal the philosophy of the Kyrgyz people, fusing elements in unusual ways to capture and convey the spirit of a whole nation.

The Cast
Kathy Trevelyan – Kurmanjan Datka
Anthony Ofoegbu – The Shadow
Guljahon Baiz – 1st Old Woman
Vladislava Lemishevska – 2nd Old woman
Maria Blatstein- 3rd Old Woman

Set and design created by – Shukhrat Abdumalikov,
Sound and Light by – Becky Brown
Graphics and Media – Aleksandra Vlasova

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