Theatre NOVA, Ann Arbor’s professional theatre with an exclusive focus on new plays and playwrights, presents the Michigan premiere of “The Revolutionists” by Lauren Gunderson.
Four beautiful, bad-ass women lose their heads in this irreverent, girl-powered comedy set during the French Revolution. At the height of the Reign of Terror, activist playwright Olympe de Gouges, young assassin Charlotte Corday, revolutionary Caribbean spy Marianne Angelle and former queen Marie Antoinette hang out, plot murder and try to beat back extremist insanity in Paris. This political fantasia by the author of I and You considers how far we should go to keep society from sliding off of the rails.
“The Revolutionists” features Diane Hill, Melissa Beckwith, K Edmonds, and Sara Rose and is directed by David Wolber. The design team includes Forrest Hejkal (scenic and costume design), Carla Milarch (sound design), and Dan Walker (lighting design).
This grand and dream-tweaked comedy is about violence and legacy, art and activism, feminism and terrorism, compatriots and chosen sisters, and how we actually go about changing the world. It is a true story. Or total fiction. Or a play about a play. Or a raucous resurrection… that ends with a song and a scaffold.
“The Revolutionists” will run Aug. 25 through Sept. 17, 2017 at Theatre NOVA (410 W. Huron, Ann Arbor), a downtown performance space. Show times are 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, and Sunday matinees start at 2 p.m. Theatre NOVA features free parking for patrons, as well as quick access to the city’s restaurants, bars, bakeries, and coffee shops.
Tickets are $20, and Theatre NOVA continues its commitment to make theatre accessible by offering pay-what-you-can tickets for those who need them. For tickets, visit TheatreNOVA.org, call 734-635-8450 (Tuesdays through Fridays from noon until 3pm), or buy them in person at the box office one hour before show time.
Theatre NOVA is Ann Arbor’s resident professional theatre company. Its mission is to raise awareness of the value and excitement of new plays and playwrights and provide resources for playwrights to develop their craft by importing, exporting, and developing new work.
Wolber is an actor, director, a Producing Artistic Director at Theatre NOVA, and was the Artistic Director at Performance Network Theatre from 2007 to 2014.