UTK's Lab Theatre, Knoxville, TN
Directed by Amelia Peterson
Scenic Design: DJ Pike
Lighting Design: Kaylin Gess
Costume Design: Katie Carrillo
Sound Design: Tate E. Thompson
Photos by DJ Pike
The Revolutionists is about four bold women who lived in France during the French Revolution’s Reign of Terror (1793-1794). These four women come with vastly different goals, world views, and degrees of selflessness and frivolity. Although diverse, Playwright Olympe De Gouge, assassin Charlotte Corday, former queen Marie Antoinette, and Haitian rebel Marianne Angelle support each other, hold each other accountable, suffer with and for each other, and find comfort and courage in one another.
In support of the comedic, but serious, tone of the production, I chose instrumental pop music. This allowed for there to be intimate moments among the witty banter. Our production featured live violin, played by Marie Antoinette’s actress, and a cellist. These elements brought a friendly warmth as though the audience was part of Olympe’s supporters.