May Rough Reading
The Revolutionists by Lauren Gunderson
Directed by Tracy Ward
Performed by Jessica Lynn Carroll*, Kat Zdan*, Marilee Talkington*, & Dawn L. Troupe-Masi*
* Member of Actors' Equity Association
About the Play
A brutal comedic quartet about four very real women who lived boldly in France during the French Revolution’s Reign of Terror. Playwright Olympe De Gouge, assassin Charlotte Corday, former queen (and fan of ribbons) Marie Antoinette, and Haitian rebel Marianne hang out, murder Marat, and try to beat back the extremist insanity in 1793’s Paris. This grand and dream-tweaked comedy is about violence and legacy, feminism and terrorism, art and theatre and how we actually go about changing the world.
About the Playwright
Lauren Gunderson is the 2014 winner of the Steinberg/ATCA New Play award and was a finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize for I and You. She studied Southern Literature and Drama at Emory University, and Dramatic Writing at NYU’s Tisch School where she was a Reynolds Fellow in Social Entrepreneurship. Her work has been commissioned, produced and developed at companies across the US including South Cost Rep (Emilie, Silent Sky), The Kennedy Center (The Amazing Adventures of Dr. Wonderful And Her Dog!), The O’Neill, Denver Center, Berkeley Rep, Shotgun Players, TheatreWorks, Crowded Fire, San Francisco Playhouse, Marin Theatre, Synchronicity, Olney Theatre, Geva and more. Her work is published at Playscripts (I and You, Exit, Pursued By A Bear, and Toil And Trouble) and Samuel French (Emilie). She is a Playwright in Residence at The Playwrights Foundation, and a proud Dramatists Guild member. She is from Atlanta, GA and lives in San Francisco
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