The Revolutionists

By Lauren Gunderson
Directed by Lava Alapai

April 28, 2019 – May 26, 2019

Who runs the world? GIRLS! In 1793, during France’s Reign of Terror — a playwright, an assassin, a former queen, and a Caribbean spy walk into a room and attempt to save the soul of France while avoiding the edge of the guillotine’s blade. Olympe De Gouges is desperate to pen the perfect piece of revolutionary art for her generation, while Charlotte Corday is determined to become an assassin. Prophetic Marie Antoinette is happy to reminisce about her time in the palace while Marianne Angelle gathers intelligence to send home to the Caribbean. In a blisteringly funny portrayal, The Revolutionists depicts four badass women who fight for the equality of all women and for the love of their country.

  • Awards for Lauren Gunderson: Steinberg Playwright Award, Susan Smith Blackburn Prize Finalist, most-produced American playwright of 2016
  • "...rapid-fire barbs and quick-witted retorts." -Patricia Mitchell, DC Metro Theater Arts
  • "The Revolutionists is as beautiful in its pleasures as it is tailor-made for this fraught moment in our own story." -Lisa Kennedy, The Know

Cast and Production Team

Cast

Jamie M. Rea +

Olympe De Gouges

Joellen Sweeney +

Charlotte Corday

Amy Newman +^

Marie Antoinette

Ayanna Berkshire +^

Marianne Angelle

Creative

Lauren Gunderson

Playwright

Lava Alapai *

Director

Production

Scenic Designer: Megan Wilkerson #^

Costume Designer: Bobby Brewer-Wallin ^

Lighting Designer: Jeff Woods

Sound Designer: Annalise Albright Woods

Stage Manager: Carol Ann Wohlmut +^

Props Master: Robert Amico

Resident Fight Choreographer : Jonathan Cole *

Puppet Designer: Lance Woolen

Wig Designer: Diane Trapp

Dramaturg: Luan Schooler

Assistant Director: Audrey O'Farrell

Scenic Design Intern: Brianna Fisher

Production Assistant: Megan Thorpe

Production Assistant: Erin MacGillivray

Board Op: Jason Coffey

Costumer: Clare Hungate Hawk

Wig Maintenance: Jael Shepherd

+ Member of Actors Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the U.S.

* Member of Stage Directors and Choreographers Society

# The scenic, costume, lighting, projection & sound designers are represented by United Scenic Artists

^ Artists Rep Resident Artist

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Press

"This grand and dream-tweaked comedy is about violence and legacy, feminism and terrorism, art and how we actually go about changing the world." Dmae Roberts, Stage & Studio
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“an Avengers for fans of iconic women who lived during France’s Reign of Terror, it unites three legends and an intriguing composite character for a battle royale of words," Bennett Campbell Ferguson, Oregon Arts Watch
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“the lines come fast and furious, with perfect timing–clever, witty, biting," - Judy Nedry
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“It is a side of Sisterhood not often seen and these four actors are amazing in their convincing turns, as they attempt to right wrongs.” - Dennis Sparks
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Resources

Prep for The Revolutionists with this book and movie list from the Multnomah County Library.

Take a deep dive into the play with our STUDY GUIDE