A Festival of Revolution!
While maintaining our commitment to hope, redemption and healing, Theatre22 presents a dynamic focus on affecting change in this year’s Festival of Revolution.
written by Lauren Gunderson
directed by Julie Beckman
THE REVOLUTIONISTS is a story about four badass women who lose their heads (literally) in this irreverent comedy set during the French Revolution’s Reign of Terror. Playwright Olympe de Gouges, assassin Charlotte Corday, deposed queen Marie Antoinette, and Haitian rebel Marianne Angelle tell their stories together and try to beat back the extremist insanity in 1793 Paris. 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.
written by James Ijames
directed by Corey McDaniel
Gus is an artist. A very good artist. He’s just not a famous artist. So when a major art museum puts out a call for “new perspectives,” Gus decides to seize his opportunity. He hires Vanessa, an actress, to perform as Balkonaé Townsend, a brash and political artist that will fit the museum’s desire for “new voices” to present his work as her own. Everything is great until Balkonaé embraces her power and the two become entwined in a knot of confusion. As Vanessa gets more deeply into her role, the plan spins out of control, while the play explores intersectionality of race, gender, sexuality, and art.
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The casts ~ Announcement in the weeks ahead!
Playwright ~ THE REVOLUTIONISTS
Lauren Gunderson is a playwright, screenwriter and short story author from Atlanta, GA currently living in San Francisco. She was named the most produced playwright in America by American Theatre Magazine in 2017, was awarded the 2016 Lanford Wilson Award from the Dramatist Guild, the 2016 Otis Gurnsey Award for Emerging Writer, and was awarded the prestigious 2014 Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award for her play, I and You (also a Susan Smith Blackburn Blackburn and John Gassner Award finalist). The Revolutionists was first produced in 2016 and has since had more than a dozen productions across the country. Other work includes Silent Sky, Miss Bennett, and The Book of Will, along with many more.
Playwright ~ WHITE
JAMES IJAMES is a Philadelphia based actor, director and playwright. His plays have been produced by Flashpoint Theater Company, Orbiter 3, Theatre Horizon (Philadelphia, PA), The National Black Theatre (NYC), and Ally Theatre (Washington DC). James is a 2011 Independence Foundation Fellow, a 2015 Pew Fellow for Playwriting, the 2015 winner of the Terrance McNally New Play Award for WHITE, the 2015 Kesselring Honorable Mention Prize winner for ….Miz Martha and a 2017 recipient of the Whiting Award. He is Assistant Professor of Theatre at Villanova University.