Shield Maiden

Written and Performed by Melanie Teichroeb. Directed by Robin Kelley

Length: 45 minutes

Rating: 18+ (Adult themes)

“More than a millennium ago in what’s now southeastern Sweden, a wealthy Viking warrior was laid to rest, in a resplendent grave filled with swords, arrowheads, and two sacrificed horses. The site reflected the ideal of Viking male warrior life, or so many archaeologists had thought. New DNA analyses of the bones, however, confirm a revelatory find: the grave belonged to a woman.”   National Geographic

It’s 10th-century Sweden. Ingrid Larsdottir, Shield Maiden, warrior extraordinaire and newly appointed Garrison Commander to the bustling trading village of Birka, is asked to headline the annual Norse Cultural Symposium. She has worked her way to the top of the male dominated military career ladder and has lots of advice to offer.

Ingrid is funny, fierce, and unapologetic.  Her triumphs on the battlefield and in romance are legendary. But as cracks in her presentation appear, her inner life reveals a woman struggling with the past and external forces beyond her control. This play shines light on gender bias in history while exploring contemporary feminist issues and addressing the struggles many women continue to face 1,000 years after Ingrid’s time.

“Ingrid is a woman I could have a beer with.” —Amelia Earhart (American aviation pioneer, author, 1897-1937?)
“Watching Ingrid battle her shadow side was cathartic for me.  And I loved her perspective on working with a bunch of dudes.” —Sacagawea (Native American Guide, interpreter, 1788-1812)
“Nice to see another strong warrior woman in history finally getting her due. Took long enough…” —Hatshepsut (Egyptian pharaoh, military leader, 1503 BCE–1453BCE?)
“I think Ingrid is way too nice.  But, whatever, she got some s**t done.” —Isabella I of Castile (Queen of Spain, creator of the Spanish Inquisition, 1451-1504

Melanie Teichroeb is a writer, performer, and artist living/working/creating on Gabriola Island. After reading a news article in 2017, Melanie set to the work of breathing life into Ingrid. Shield Maiden is her playwrighting/performing debut.

Rated PG (Adult Subject Matter and Language)             Length: 45 minutes