To start their 2020 season, Studio 570 will perform The Revolutionists by Lauren Gunderson on February 14 - 16 and February 20 - 23 at 8 p.m. at the Williamsport YWCA, 815 West 4th Street Park Home Parlor.
The Revolutionists is a modern comedy which follows the misadventures of four famous women during the French Revolution's Reign of Terror in the late 1700s as they try not to lose their heads - figuratively or literally.
Tickets to the performances are $15 each and may be purchased through the Studio 570 website.
Led by Artistic Director Jared Whitford, the play's ensemble is made up of four powerful game changers in the local scene. Elizabeth Snow, former president of Studio 570 and local drama and French teacher, leads the cast as Playwright Olympe de Gouge. Joining her are Danielle Velcoff, artistic director of Purple Threads, a New York based theater incubator, as Marie Antoinette, and Annelise Latini, owner and founder of Clear Sphere Yoga, as revolutionary assassin Charlotte Corday. Rounding out the roster is a Studio 570 newcomer, Jessalyn Smith, a senior photography major at Lycoming College.
“We are so excited to be partnering with the YWCA to bring this story about powerful females to the forefront,” said Whitford, “The YWCA’s mission to eliminate racism, empower women, and promote peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all- is core to the plight of the women in The Revolutionists. I couldn’t think of a better partnership for this play.”
Gunderson’s play premiered in 2016, commissioned and first produced by Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, and has quickly become a popular title in theaters across the country. France’s fight for equality and freedom propels itself to modern times with this bold, brave and blisteringly funny new work about feminism, legacy, and standing up for one’s beliefs.
The Revolutionists is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York.