Mary, Queen of Scots, the stage play, is not the story of that historic monarch many people know as "Bloody Mary."
That was Queen Mary I, who battled for her place on the throne of England with her half-sister Elizabeth I and ended up losing her head over it. It's about her cousin, Mary, queen of Scotland.
Mary, Queen of Scots, which opens March 25 at The Players Theatre in Richland, is not even a factual account of British royalty.
Players director James Wutske has given the script a bit of a rock 'n' roll spin that might very well give the audience pause to reflect on the whole theater art vs. history thing.
"This has been a most challenging production," he said. "There have been some clerical difficulties that set us back some."
One issue was having the lead character, played by Ellicia Elliott, drop out a few weeks before opening night because of illness.
"But, we were smart and cast a female understudy from the onset, Katie Hunt, and she's been fabulous," Wutske said. "We've called on friends and family to bring this production together."
Mary, Queen of Scots originally was written by Friedrich von Schiller in 1800. A couple centuries later, British playwright Peter Oswald took Schiller's play and gave it a whole new interpretation, still loosely based on actual historical figures, but with a few fictional ones tossed in for flavor.
"All that aside, we really needed to put this story in a place that was accessible for our audience," Wutske said. "Because we live in a world where everything flashes bright, loud and maybe over the top, we knew we needed a spectacle."
And what better way to have spectacle than through rock 'n' roll.
"But we also needed a reality that reflected the dirty secrets and deception of that (historic) period, the deceit and general lack of trust," he added. "That is why we married our rock 'n' roll idea with an industrial reality where there will be different lighting, smoke and fog, a grungy-looking set and heavy, sometimes leather costumes."
The cast lineup includes Tri-City actors Katie Hunt, Jerry Bush, Barbara Wilson, James Brooks, Laura Barry, Elona Benefiel, John Manley, Alyssa Nogales, Megan Johnson, Arirka Murray, Ashley Nogales and Emily Denton.
Wondering how all that works with rock music? You'll just have to see the production to figure that out.
Showtime is 8 p.m. March 25-26, April 1-2, 8-9 with a 2 p.m. matinee April 3. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for students and seniors. Tickets are available at www.richlandplayers.org or at the box office, 610 The Parkway in Richland.