Previews: January 10th & 11th

Liberté, égalité… sororité. In the chaos of the French Revolution, anything can happen — especially laughter. Against the backdrop of France’s Reign of Terror, former queen Marie Antoinette, assassin Charlotte Corday, playwright Olympe de Gouges, and spy Marianne Angelle form an unlikely alliance. Written by the most popular playwright in America, this explosive comedy puts a modern twist on history as these women fight for equality and freedom and leave an indelible mark on history in their wake.

Evening shows begin at 8:00 PM
Matinees begin at 3:00 PM.

  • The women get their due in ‘The Revolutionists’

    Liberte, egalite — sororite? While the male characters behind the French Revolution, like Maximilien Robespierre and Jean-Paul Marat, are well-known to history, the women get short shrift. Surely, there has to be a better feminine legacy in the fight for the republic than Marie Antoinette’s famous (and fictional) quip about the starving peasants and cake. In Gulfshore Playhouse’s latest production, Lauren Gunderson’s “The Revolutionists,” audiences can finally hear from four influential French women in this girl-powered, irreverent comedy playing at The Norris Center through Sunday, Feb. 3.


  • Grrrl talk in Naples: Women take on the French Revolution at Gulfshore Playhouse

    Essence makes a much more delicious dish than authenticity where history is concerned.

    Playwrights understand that. Witness musicals like “1776” and “Hamilton,” and dramas like “The Lion in Winter,” where contemporary language and situational tweaks re-spool history to embed it with our current culture.


  • Gulfshore Playhouse unleashes women warriors with a sense of humor

    Those headed to the Women’s March in Naples this Saturday may want to drop in on a play written with them in mind, “The Revolutionists. “

    The Lauren Gunderson work currently at Gulfshore Playhouse wades into the bloody French Revolution from the perspective of four women deeply involved in it. And we’re not talking about knitting afghans for the boys on the front lines.


  • 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.


Special Thanks To

Season Benefactors: Steve and Jane Akin, Jay and Patty Baker
Corporate Partners: Cohen and Grigsby Law Firm
Executive Producers: Christine and Terrance Flynn, Susan Regenstein and Barry Frank, Tom and Nancy Gallagher, Valerie and Nizar Ghoussaini, Mosey and Don Gunther, Bob and Linda Harden, Christine Paddock, Dottie and John Remondi
Show Sponsor:  
Star Sponsor: 

Chocolate Sponsor: Norman Love
Dining Deal: 
The Claw Bar

Marina Shay
Dria Brown
Shannon Marie Sullivan
Angela Janas*

KRISTEN COURY (Director)  Founder and Producing Artistic DirectorKristen Coury founded the Playhouse in 2004, after she moved to Naples from New York City. When in New York, she worked in commercial theatre for Walt Disney Theatrical Productions working on Broadway and International productions of Beauty and the Beast, and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s company called The Really Useful Group, working on Sunset Boulevard on Broadway and the National Tour of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. She has directed many of the Playhouse productions to date, of which her favorites include: Merchant of Venice, My Fair Lady, Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol, All My Sons, An Enemy of the People and The Glass Menagerie. Kristen made her feature film directorial debut with Friends and Family, a comedy starring Tony Lo Bianco, Anna Maria Alberghetti, and Tovah Feldshuh, which was released around the US and Europe. Kristen has directed several new works, produced a CD and worked on a variety of musicals in various stages of development, including Steel Pier on Broadway, a Broadway workshop of The Jazz Singer and Houdini at the Goodspeed Opera House. Kristen proudly serves as a board member of the Theatre Communications Group, the national service organization for the professional, not-for-profit American Theatre. She is also a frequent investor in Broadway productions, most recently the revival of Once On This Island. Kristen has lived in Florence, Paris, and London, is a ballroom dancer, a certified Nia instructor, and an energy worker. Kristen was named one of the “Top 40 Professionals Under 40” by Gulfshore Life Magazine in 2008, a “Star in the Arts” by the United Arts Council of Collier County in 2011, one of the Men and Women of the Year by Gulfshore Life in 2013, and a “Leading Lady” by Naples Illustrated in 2018.


JIMMY LAWLOR (Lighting Designer) is thrilled to return to Gulfshore Playhouse! At GSP: Informed Consent, An Enemy of the People, My Fair Lady, Do This, Merchant of Venice, Leading Ladies, The Price, Scapino, Miss Keller Has No 2nd Book, Mystery of Irma Vep, An Iliad, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. Jimmy is a Scorpio, new father, cat owner, and a music enthusiast, who enjoys scotch and bourbon. He only runs when chased.  Jimmy designs lighting for opera, theatre, dance, corporate clients, architecture, interiors, and more. New York work includes Broadway, Off Broadway, and beyond. Jimmy’s work has been seen internationally in Abu Dhabi, Sydney, Mexico, Canada, and Germany. MFA from NYU Tisch. Member of USA 829 & Wingspace Design Collective.


ROBIN L. MCGEE (Costume Designer) is extremely happy to return to The Gulfshore Playhouse. Previous shows include  The Mystery of Irma Vep and The Hound of the Baskervilles.  New York credits include designs for the Roundabout Theatre, Irish Repertory Theatre, York Theatre, Cherry Lane Theatre, Little Shubert Theatre, American Globe Theatre, New York Fringe Festival and The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Regional: The MUNY, Goodspeed Opera House, SeaWorld Orlando, The Maltz Jupiter Theatre, The Fulton Theatre, Palm Beach Dramaworks, Arizona Broadway Theatre, John Engeman Theater, Nashville Children’s Theatre and clown costumes for Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. Proud Union Member of USA 829.


KRISTEN MARTINO (Scenic Designer) is thrilled to be returning to Gulfshore Playhouse after previously designing A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, The Price, Leading Ladies, The Hound of the Baskervilles and The Christians. Kristen is a freelance Scenic Designer based in Chicago, IL. She is an Associate Scenic Designer for XL Scenic and Kevin Depinet Studios in Chicago where she has had the opportunity to assist with designs at theatres internationally. Kristen is a part of the team selected to design the USA’s Emerging Artist Exhibit for the 2019 Prague Quadrennial. She received her MFA in Scenic Design form Indiana University.


EMILY HAUGER (Stage Manager) is delighted to be back for a 18th show at Gulfshore Playhouse! Previous GP SM credits: An Iliad, The Mystery of Irma Vep, Scapino, The Merchant of Venice, Constellations and The Who and the What. GP ASM credits include An Enemy of the People, Informed Consent, Boeing Boeing, The Glass Menagerie, The Liar, The Butcher (world premiere), Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol (2x), Body Awareness, and The Mountaintop. Other regional stage management credits include West Side Story, Tenderly: The Rosemary Clooney Musical, Mamma Mia!, Peter and the Starcatcher and The Glass Menagerie at Weston Playhouse. Emily is also the Company Manager at GP. Much love to her family and Victor.


BETH LAKE (Sound Designer) is freelance Sound Designer and theater practitioner based in NYC. She has a particular fondness for creating new, literature-based experiences. She is thrilled to be back at Gulfshore Playhouse having designed The Price, and An Iliad previously. Recent designs: Dead Are My People (Noor Theater, NYC), This is Our Youth (Wellfleet Harbor Actor’s Theater), Sex With Strangers (Westport Country Playhouse), The Play That Goes Wrong (Broadway, 1st National tour). Other projects include:1,000 Splendid Suns (The Old Globe), My Fair Lady (Lincoln Center Theater), Sex With Strangers (Westport Country Playhouse), The Play That Goes Wrong (Broadway, Tour),  and The Wolves (Lincoln Center Theater). Education: M.F.A. UC-Irvine; Member USA829.

Tickets begin at $42   Box Office: 1-866-811-4111

Evening shows begin at 8:00 PM; Matinees begin at 3:00 PM.

All performances at The Norris Center
755 8th Avenue South, Naples, Florida 34102

Office:  239-261-PLAY (7529)

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Actor & Director Talk-Back

Members will be able to join the cast after the show for a Q&A about the process, the show, or even just to learn what it’s like to be an actor. Actor & Director Talk-Backs will take place the second Thursday of each production following the evening performance.

January 17th

Pre-Show Discussions
Delve into the themes and topics of a performance before you see it by engaging in a group discussion with a member of the Gulfshore Playhouse artistic staff! Pre-show discussions begin 45 minutes prior to the show on their specified date.
January 13th, 16th, 27th and 30th
Script Club

Learn how theatre artists translate what’s on the page to the stage! Through a unique partnership with the Collier County Public Libraries, Script Club will consist of book club-style discussions surrounding the scripts for Gulfshore Playhouse’s 2018-2019 productions, diving into the themes and topics of each text as well as teaching the art of script reading and interpretation. With meetings at South Regional Library, this free program is accessible and open to all in our community!

January 15

Curtain Conversations

After the curtain falls, join us for a post-show conversation, moderated by a member of the Gulfshore Playhouse staff, to have a discussion with your fellow audience members about the themes and ideas of the play. Curtain Conversations may feature special guests from the region or the production to further enhance the discussion.

January 20th

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