Keegan Theatre has announced casting for its regional premiere of Timothy Findley's Elizabeth Rex, set to play at the Church Street Theater with Susan Marie Rhea at the helm, March 19-April 18.

In 1601, Queen Elizabeth I was forced by duty to condemn to death a man widely believed to be her former lover. The night before the execution, she demanded that William Shakespeare's acting troupe, The Lord Chamberlain's Men, perform a play to distract her from the heartbreak that would occur in the morning. Findley's play centers on the interactions between Elizabeth, Shakespeare, and Ned Lowenscroft, an actor in Shakespeare's company who specializes in playing female roles.

The cast will star Kerry Waters Lucas as Queen Elizabeth I, Robert Leembruggen as William Shakespeare, and Eric Lucas as Ned Lowenscroft.

For more information, call 703-892-0202 or visit keegantheatre.com.