The Revolutionists

THE REVOLUTIONISTS is a brutal comedic quartet about four very real women who lived boldly in France during the French Revolution’s Reign of Terror (1793-1794). Playwright Olympe De Gouge, assassin Charlotte Corday, and former queen (and fan of ribbons) Marie Antoinette, and Haitian rebel Marianne Angelle hang out, murder Marat, loose their heads, and try to beat back the extremist insanity in revolutionary...
THE REVOLUTIONISTS is a brutal comedic quartet about four very real women who lived boldly in France during the French Revolution’s Reign of Terror (1793-1794). Playwright Olympe De Gouge, assassin Charlotte Corday, and former queen (and fan of ribbons) Marie Antoinette, and Haitian rebel Marianne Angelle hang out, murder Marat, loose their heads, and try to beat back the extremist insanity in revolutionary Paris.

This grand and dream-tweaked comedy is about violence and legacy, feminism and terrorism, art and how we actually go about changing the world.

It a true story.
Or total fiction.
Or a play about a play.
Or a raucous resurrection that ends in a song and a scaffold.

more research and info here: therevolutionists.tumblr.com
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The Revolutionists

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  • Ian Thal:
    22 Mar. 2020
    A darkly sophisticated comedy that dances on the guillotine blade's edge between laughter and political violence. You may end up questioning what you think you know about historical figures like Marie Antoinette, the role caricatures serve in justifying tyrannical actions, and how the idea of revolution could bring reforms at the cost of compassion, forgiveness, and the conscience of a society undergoing upheaval.

    I reviewed the Boston area premiere in 2017: https://artsfuse.org/165280/theater-review-the-revolutionists-comedy-during-the-reign-of-terror/
  • Quinn Xavier Hernandez:
    8 May. 2018
    Filled with strong women, immense purpose, and a perfect amount of humor. The Revolutionists is a fabulous look at history and the women behind it.
  • Paul K Smith:
    26 Sep. 2017
    A theatrical joy from the first moments:


    "OLYMPE:

    Well that’s not a way to start comedy.
    With an execution? Warm us up a little first.
    No. The play can’t be about terror and death, it has to be about... grace and power in the face of it. Yes. There we go. That’s good."

Development History

  • Reading
    ,
    Theatre Emory
    ,
    2015
  • Workshop
    ,
    Playwrights Foundation
    ,
    2015
  • Workshop
    ,
    Profile Theatre
    ,
    2015
  • Workshop
    ,
    Cor Theatre
    ,
    2014
  • Workshop
    ,
    Theatre Du Reve
    ,
    2014

Production History

  • Professional
    ,
    Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park
    ,
    2016
  • Professional
    ,
    7Stages
    ,
    2016
  • University
    ,
    Catholic University
    ,
    2015