Timely Arizona Premiere Comes To Tempe Center For The Arts Next Month

Timely Arizona Premiere Comes To Tempe Center For The Arts Next Month

Tempe Center for the Arts (TCA) and The Bridge Initiative present the Arizona premiere of the hysterical and historical comedy, The Revolutionists, by Lauren Gunderson, December 7-15.

Set during the French Revolution's Reign of Terror (1793-94), Playwright Olympe De Gouges, assassin Charlotte Corday, and former queen (and fan of ribbons) Marie Antoinette, and Haitian rebel Marianne Angelle hang out, murder Marat, lose their heads, and try to beat back the extremist insanity in revolutionary Paris. Armed with sharp wit and even sharper knives, this comedy of liberté, égalité, and sororité is about violence and legacy, feminism and terrorism, art and how we actually go about changing the world.

Although Gunderson was nationally the most-produced playwright in 2016 and 2017, this is the first time her work has been presented in Arizona, which both exemplifies The Bridge reason for being and the lack of professional female-penned work in the Valley. While set in the past, Gunderson's play is a relevant and timely treatise for the United States today as it celebrates women out to change the world.

Directed by well-known Valley actress/director Debra K. Stevens, the piece features top local talent onstage and offstage and achieves gender parity (and then some).

The all-female cast & production team includes Lucy Atkins (as assassin Charlotte Corday), Shae Kennedy Leonard (as French Queen Marie Antoinette), Maren Mascarelli (as playwright Olympe de Gouges) and Sasha Wordlaw (as Caribbean abolitionist Marianne Angelle), Sarah G. Chanis (Stage Manager), Kathleen Dooner (Production Manager), Kara Thomason (scenic), Natalie S. Ward (props), Adle Smithson (costumes), Kara Ramlow (lighting), and Kristen Peterson (Technical Director).

Show schedule and tickets available at Tempe Center for the Arts box office, online at tempecenterforthearts.com and by phone (480) 350-2822.

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