By Lauren Gunderson
Directed by Stephanie Lynge
April 29 – May 15, 2022
Four beautiful, badass women lose their heads in this irreverent, girl-powered comedy set during the French Revolution’s Reign of Terror. Playwright Olympe de Gouges, assassin Charlotte Corday, former queen Marie Antoinette, and Haitian rebel Marianne Angelle hang out, murder Marat, 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.
“…a sassy, hold-on-to-your-seats theatrical adventure…[Gunderson] has created a play that is wonderfully wild and raucous…It’s a wild ride, filled with verbal gymnastics that come racing at you so quickly it’s occasionally hard to keep up. Listen closely, though, and hang on tight. If you do, you’ll be treated to an invigorating and enlightening journey.” —Cincinnati Enquirer.
“THE REVOLUTIONISTS resembles a blindingly scintillating gem-like puzzle…By turns it is drolly funny and affectingly poignant, then doubles back to satirical farce, then ends by bringing into stark relief the social commentary that it has been nurturing all night.” —FloridaTheaterOnStage.com
“A darkly sophisticated comedy that dances on the guillotine blade’s edge between laughter and political violence. You may end up questioning what you think you know about historical figures like Marie Antoinette, the role caricatures serve in justifying tyrannical actions, and how the idea of revolution could bring reforms at the cost of compassion, forgiveness, and the conscience of a society undergoing upheaval.” – The Arts Fuse
is on Mainstage April 29 – May 15
Previews: April 27-28
Opening Night: Friday, April 29, 2022 at 8:00 p.m.
Wednesdays at 7 p.m. | Thursdays at 7 p.m. | Fridays at 8 p.m.
Saturdays at 2:00 p.m. and 8 p.m. | Sundays at 2 p.m.
Special Dates for The Revolutionist
May 8 after the 2pm show: Talkback with the actors
Playbill correction: Page 4 the Year should be 1793 (not 1873)
The Revolutionists in the News
Coming to Gainesville stages: Plays about revolution, family tragedy and a lost generation – By Ron Cunningham (Gainesville Sun) – April 24, 2022
The Hipp’s “The Revolutionists” By Kevin Marshall (Gainesville Theatre Review) – May 1, 2022
Review: Women show how revolution should be done in The Hippodrome’s new production by Ron Cunningham (Gainesville Sun) – May 3, 2022