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Flagler College Theatre Arts to perform French Revolution era play ‘The Revolutionists’

Oct 19, 2021

Director Elaina Wahl-Temple sits behind a table as her cast rehearses The Revolutionists, taking notes in a binder with a sticker on the front that says "Women Who Behave Rarely Make History." The quote encapsulates the show, presented by Flagler College Theatre Arts in Lewis Auditorium, November 10-14, 2021.

The Revolutionists by Lauren Gunderson is a play that brings together playwright Olympe de Gouges, assassin Charlotte Corday, Haitian Revolutionary spy Marianne Angelle, and queen Marie Antoinette during the Reign of Terror in the French Revolution. However, something that makes this piece different is it's a comedy. "It's a play that features these women dying by guillotine and the horrors that came with being a woman during the French Revolution, but it's still a comedy. We've all seen so many tragedies on topics like this, but a comedy makes the audience think and feel in a different way," says Wahl-Temple.

Wahl-Temple quickly fell in love with Gunderson's play after reading it in 2018, seeing that while women aren't being executed by guillotine in the modern era, they are still fighting for many of the same rights these women were. Though the cast is adorned in 18th-century gowns, they speak in modern vernacular; it may seem out of touch for the modern-day, what these women say isn't far from what is heard in media today. We've had over two hundred years to back progress in, but we still have so far to go. And this show and these women are the perfect examples of that."

The Revolutionists performs Nov 10th-13th at 7:30 pm and Nov 14th at 2 pm in Lewis Auditorium, located at 14 Granada Street in downtown St. Augustine. A Q & A following the Thursday performance will include a talkback session with the director, actor, and faculty member Dr. Lorna Bracewell.

Tickets are $15 for General Admission. Admission is free for Flagler College faculty, staff, and students, and non-Flagler students can purchase $5 tickets at the door. The box office will be open Monday through Friday 3–5 pm the week of the show and 1 hour before curtain. Tickets can also be purchased online at Flagler.universitytickets.com.

For more information, please call 904-826-8600.

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