‘The Revolutionists’ comes to Playhouse

By: Katrina Gross ~Staff Writer~

“The Revolutionists” is a tale of four badass women whose lives are tossed into adventure during the French Revolution. The play follows the stories of these four daring women during the height of the Reign of Terror in France, in which the women are forced to work together for the greater good of the country.

The action tells the tales of playwright Olympe De Gouges, assassin Charlotte Corday, activist Marianne Angelle and former queen Marie Antoinette as they plot in an effort to restore Paris’s former glory, while defeating the extremists in the city. The play is written by Lauren Gunderson and directed by Eleanor Holdridge. “The Revolutionists” has been described by Holdridge as history written for the present.

“She (Gunderson) takes the fervent dreams of four dynamic historical women and created a stunning voice for them,” Holdridge said. Gunderson has also received much praise from Playhouse Artistic Director Blake Robison as one of America’s up-and-coming new playwrights.

“Theatres across the country are discovering her unique voice, her sense of style and comedy,” Robison said. Robison feels that producing the play will be a perfect way to introduce Gunderson to our community. “The Revolutionists” will have its world premiere this spring season from Feb. 5-March 6. at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park’s Thompson Shelterhouse Theatre.

The cast includes Lise Bruneau as Olympe de Gouges, Jessica Lynn Carroll as Mare Antoinette, Kiera Keeley as Charlotte Corday and Kenita R. Miller as Marianne Angelle. The play is intended for adult and older teenage audiences, with ticket prices starting at $35. Playhouse will be continuing their Sunday College Night, with all tickets to the 7 p.m. Sunday performances priced at $10 with a valid student ID.

For more information, call the Playhouse Box Office at 513-421-3888 (toll-free in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana at 800- 582-3208) or visit http://www.cincyplay. com.