“Head Over Heels” is a 16th-century romance rendered in period-appropriate prose. It was mashed together with the instantly recognizable music of the 1980s all-female pop-rock group the Go-Go’s throughout its 2018 run on Broadway. Monumental Theatre Company Director Jimmy Mavrikes went into one of those Broadway performances highly skeptical, but he left a convert.
According to alextimes.com, “When licensing rights opened for “Head Over Heels,” Mavrikes leaped at the opportunity to bring the production to Monumental’s 68-seat black box theater on Episcopal High School’s campus. The show is set to run from March 5 through 23 at Episcopal’s Ainslie Art Center. With its message of self-love, as well as its inclusion of nonbinary characters and same-sex relationships, “Head Over Heels” was an opportunity for Monumental to practice what it preaches.”
As per alextimes.com, “Head Over Heels” is based on a book and play by Jeff Whitty that was taken to Broadway by James Magruder. The roots of the story go all the way back to a 16th-century text, Sir Philip Sidney’s “The Countess of Pembroke’s Arcadia.” The play takes the kingdom of Arcadia, with its star-crossed lovers, fateful prophecies and royal politics, and adds a queer twist with a generous pour of 80s beats.”