|the assassin (Jasmine Porter), the writer (Alison Edwards),|
and the queen (Jane Froiland, photo by Tomas Leal)
Shelli Place directs this incredible cast and nicely balances the bright humor with the deadly serious nature of the revolution. Alison Edwards is strong, funny, and relatable as Olympe, the writer struggling to find her story. Tia Marie Tanzer is the courageous Marriane, sacrificing herself for the good of her people. Jasmine Porter plays the young and somewhat unsure assassin, who fully knows the consequences of what she's about to do, and does it anyway. Last but not least, Jane Froiland's Marie Antoinette starts off as silly and frivolous (constantly remarking on how hiLARious things are), but shows a greater depth (which Jane also showed when she played this same queen in Walking Shadow Theatre's production of Marie Antoinette). Whether solo, in pairs, or as a group, all of these actors bring humanity and depth to their roles, and work and play together well.
|Marie Antoinette and Marriane Angelle|
(Jane Froiland and Tia Marie Tanzer, photo by Tomas Leal)
A lot of revolutions fall short, including our own. They make some great changes, but then become corrupted with power, or leave out a segment of the population. The Revolutionists shows us women who were trying to right that wrong, to make it a better, more inclusive, and less violent revolution. It shows us the power of women, a power that has been overlooked and ignored throughout history, and still today. As one surprising character wisely notes in the play, "we won't know the rightness of our revolution or the heroes of our stories for generations." Time has proven these women to be heroes, and it's delightful to hear their stories in their own voices, or as the talented Lauren Gunderson imagines them.