Four beautiful, badass women struggle to keep their heads in this irreverent, female-powered comedy set during the French Revolution. A playwright, an assassin, a Haitian rebel, and former queen Marie Antoinette hang out, murder Marat, and try to counter the extremist insanity in 1793 Paris. Packed with the zany ebullience that Gunderson writes so well, this grand comic adventure is about art and activism, compatriots and chosen sisters, and how women will actually go about changing the world.
The play will be performed with one intermission.
Duration: 115 min.
Cassandra Bissell as Olympe de Gouges
Leah Dutchin as Marianne Angelle
Eva Nimmer as Charlotte Corday
Bree Beelow as Marie-Antoinette
Laura Gordon, Director
Samantha Gribben, Scenic Designer
Marisa Abbott, Lighting Designer
Jason Orlenko, Costume Designer
David Cecsarini, Sound Designer
Heidi Salter, Properties Master
Jessica Connelly, Stage Manager
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“Attention, Sigmund Freud: Playwright Lauren Gunderson and the characters she wrote into ‘The Revolutionists’ have an answer to your famous question, what do women want?
They want to tell their own stories.”– Jim Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
“But rather than a stodgy, historical play, Gunderson keeps the historical context, but updates all the characters with witty, fast-paced repartee that sounds more like an SNL comedy sketch than 18th century speakers.”– Marilyn Jozwik, Wisconsin Theater Spotlight
“This is the stuff of good comedy, and the opening night audience laughed heartily all evening as great line after great line flew by.”– John Schneider, Shepherd Express
“Director Laura Gordon has wisely let the play and the torrent of words flow unfettered.”– Dave Begel, Dave Begel on Theater
“It’s a clever funhouse mirror into fundamental aspects of art, history, equality and heroism … It’s an impressive and deeply entertaining opening for Next Act.”– Russ Bickerstaff, The Small Stage
“The thread that’s resonating most loudly for me right now,” Gordon says, “is this idea of sororité, sisterhood, of not having to go it alone.”– John Schneider, Shepherd Express