Gulfshore Playhouse Reignites Courageous Call To Action In THE REVOLUTIONISTS

For its third production of the 2018-19 season, Gulfshore Playhouse, Naples premiere professional regional theatre, explores timely topics of equality and freedomthrough a historic and comedic lens with The Revolutionists. Written by Americas most-popular playwright, Lauren Gunderson, and set during the French Revolutions Reign of Terror, The Revolutionists tells the story of an unlikely alliance between four historical, iconic women. Directed by Gulfshore Playhouse Founder and Producing Artistic Director Kristen Coury, the French fantasy takes the stage Jan. 12 to Feb. 3.

The Revolutionists opens audiences to the often untold, female side of historic and chaotic events during the French Revolution. Gunderson has imagined a provocative plot, bringing together four historic female figures Queen Marie Antoinette, assassin Charlotte Corday, playwright Olympe de Gouges, and spy Marianne Angelle. As they try to find comfort and support in each other, a fifth counterpart on stage the guillotine is a subtle, constant reminder of the history they cant change. Powerful, yet funny, this fantasy-comedy is a call to action, tackling topics the world still struggles with today.

Its actually based on a totally true story, which I found inspiring, shocking and really curious. The main tone of the play is going to feel like this combination of what you might hear in 1793 and a really modern, edgy, rebellious, Tina FeyAmy Poehler, rolling kind of humor, Gunderson said. I felt that was the way to make it engaging, fast, funny and surprising.

by BWW News Desk Dec. 28, 2018

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