The Revolutionists Theatre Production

Directed by Dr. Dana Smith
Performances: Sept. 28-Oct. 1, 2022; 7:30 p.m.
Content warnings: brief discussion of sexual abuse, violent imagery (the guillotine), strong language.
Appropriate for ages 13 and up.
Performance Location: James G. Severns Theatre, Ophelia Parrish Building, Truman State University

This play combines hilarity with some high-stakes drama about four real women during the French Revolution’s Reign of Terror. Olympe De Gouge was a rare bird—a woman playwright, who was executed by guillotine for expressing her dissenting opinions. Charlotte Corday was the young woman who assassinated Jean-Paul Marat, a major player in the worst excesses of The Terror. Marie Antoinette is another character; the former queen in the play is a big fan of ribbons. Our fourth character is Marianne Angelle, a composite character made up of real women who were revolutionary activists in what is now Haiti. The four women hang out, brainstorm revolutionary plays, and in general, attempt to beat back extremist insanity in 1793 Paris. The women are united by their dismay over the way this hopeful, people’s revolution is now sinking into hyper-violent and hypocritical male rhetoric. How on earth will modern audiences relate…?

Admission: $8 (contact or 660-785-4515)

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