Local production company preparing for world premiere

Having cultivated a thriving artistic hub, Houston is the perfect market for developing and launching new works of theatre. Thus, the world premiere of the new musical, Lady of Agreda, A Mystical Journey will open at  Queensbury Theatre in CityCentre in the Spring of 2020. 

At the helm of the production is Donna Fujimoto Cole, the president and CEO of Cole Chemical & Distributing, Inc. and the executive producer of Pantheon Producers LLC and Lady in Blue Productions LLC.

Cole has found a way to pursue her passion for both industry and art by being a champion for captivating stories about influential women.

The play was produced by Pantheon Producers LLC, in association with Lady in Blue Productions LLC. Lady of Agreda, A Mystical Journey is a musical with a book by Marley Singletary, music and lyrics by Cynthia Jordan and direction by Bruce Lumpkin. It tells the mesmerizing true story of the 17th century mystic, Maria of Jesus of Agreda, Spain — known in Europe and the New World as the mystical Lady in Blue.

Maria is a nun and spiritual writer revered, and criticized, for her miraculous bilocation between her cloistered mona- stery in rural Spain and the Jumano Indians of West Texas where she believes she has traveled over 500 times since the age of 18. Maria humbly rises to the rank of Abbess at her convent where she writes over 14 spiritual books, and her revelations and reports of bilocation quickly captivate the mind and heart of King Philip IV.

Through a correspondence of over 600 letters, Maria becomes a lifelong spiritual and political advisor. Although she is an instant international sensation, a friend of the king and an inspiration to the Franciscan missionaries in the New World, Maria’s controversial writings, relationship with the King and her claims of bilocation are called into question by some of her fellow nuns and, eventually, the Spanish Inquisition who tries her for heresy twice over the course of her life.

As one of the most spiritually and politically controversial and influential women of the 17th century, Maria was a woman well ahead of her time who embodied strength, integrity and courage and realized the power of her words.

When Cole learned of Maria of Agreda, she was instantly drawn to the compelling story, and she knew it was a project she wanted to develop.

Believing this is a musical that will resonate with people from diverse backgrounds and belief systems, Cole said, “Maria is the most unlikely woman of the 17th century to be so powerful and influential while being tormented by authorities. Many aspects of her story are relevant today, and people will find great spiritual inspiration in this mystical journey.”

Lady of Agreda runs from March 12 thru April 5, 2020 at Queensbury Theatre. For tickets and more information, please visit,www.ladyofagreda.com/.

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