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.
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. www.lawlordesign.com
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. www.rlmcgeedesign.com
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. www.kristenmartino.com
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.
ADMISSION IS FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC, except as noted.
Show Attendance Not Required.
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.
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!
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.
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
Chocolate Sponsor: Norman Love
Dining Deal: The Claw Bar