Bradley University Theatre continues its Spring 2022 season with The Revolutionists, Lauren Gunderson’s surreal feminist comedy set in 1793 Paris during the tumult of the Reign of Terror. The raucous play creates a counterfactual quartet of formidable women: the playwright Olympe de Gouges (author of the provocative Declaration of the Rights of Woman and the Female Citizen); Charlotte Corday, infamous young assassin; deposed queen, Marie Antoinette; and a the fictional Marianne Angelle, a free black woman and operative of the Haitian Revolution. Thrown together in a feverish conclave, these brilliant women hang out, find solidarity, and create their fateful destinies. Directed by Bradley senior Emma O’Mahoney, The Revolutionists marks a high point in the career of Ms. Gunderson, one of the most produced playwrights in America over the last five years and the author of BU Theatre’s Silent Sky, produced in 2018. Performances are April 20-24, 2022.
The Bradley Theatre repertoire has increasingly featured women’s issues and the work of America’s female playwrights, notes Bradley Theatre Arts chair Scott Kanoff, “In The Revolutionists,” he says, “Ms. Gunderson offers a heady brew of art and activism, feminism and legacy, violence and hilarity, and a dazzling meta-theatrical primer on the ways that women make rebellion and change the world. It’s really like no other recent play that I know of, and we’re thrilled to once again produce the work of this brilliant writer. “
The cast includes senior Sarah Dove (Olympe), sophomore Mery Drilling-Coren (Charlotte), first- year student Samantha Macauley (Marie) and Guest Artist Ieshah Edwards, an actress and singer from St. Louis. Director Emma O’Mahoney, one very few students to stage a play on the Hartmann Center stage, is a Bradley performance major with an emphasis in directing. She previously directed her own devised work, “Can You See Me Now?” in Four for Fall , a live streamed event presented by Bradley Theatre in December, 2020. Her creative team includes scenic and lighting designer, Professor Chad Lowell; guest costume designer Lauren Lowell of Illinois State University, and Chicago sound designer Thomas Dixon, who returns to Bradley where he designed sound for She Kills Monsters.
Playwright Lauren Gunderson has been one of the most produced playwrights in America since 2015 topping the list twice including 2019/20. She is a two-time winner of the Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award for I and You and The Book of Will, the winner of the Lanford Wilson Award and the Otis Guernsey New Voices Award, a finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize and John Gassner Award for Playwriting, and a recipient of the Mellon Foundation’s Residency with Marin Theatre Company. 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. She co- authored the Miss Bennet plays with Margot Melcon, and her play The Half-Life of Marie Curie is available on Audible.com. Her work is published at Playscripts (I and You; Exit Pursued By A Bear; The Taming and Toil And Trouble), Dramatists Play Service (The Revolutionists; The Book of Will; Silent Sky; Bauer, Natural Shocks, The Wickhams and Miss Bennet) and Samuel French (Emilie). Her picture book Dr Wonderful: Blast Off to the Moon is available from Two Lions/Amazon. She is currently developing musicals with Ari Afsar, Dave Stewart and Joss Stone.
Bradley University Theatre presents
THE REVOLUTIONISTS, by Lauren Gunderson Directed by Emma O’Mahoney
When: Wed-Sat April 20, 21, 22, 23, at 7:30PM Sun April 24 at 2PM
Where: The Hartmann Center for the Performing Arts Tickets and information:
- Cultural Events Box Office: 309-677-2650