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The Play: “The Revolutionists,” by Lauren Gunderson, opens Friday, March 10, for a three-week run at Black Box Theatre, 430 N. Main St. downtown.
The Scene: Paris, The Reign of Terror, 1793. Might sound foreign, but get ready because this story is utterly relatable, funny, fast-paced and hard-hitting. It’s a story that will ring true for the downtrodden, the rebels and anyone who’s ever tried to write anything, anytime, ever.
The story: Olympe de Gouges, prolific French playwright, is desperate to create something meaningful, something that’s not written from the ivory tower of privilege but from the trenches of real life. Things take a turn as a vast array of characters come tumbling in, from assassin Charlotte Corday (That painting, “The Death of Marat” with the guy stabbed in the bathtub? Yeah, that was her.), to cake connoisseur Marie Antoinette.
Questions come to the forefront like, “What good is fiction when real tyranny is going on right in front of you?” “How does real change happen, and can art impel it?” “How will history remember us?”
“The Revolutionists” does this in a way that makes us laugh, think, opine, then laugh some more. But not everything is fun, games and cake in this play. There are moments of profound meaning, love, loss and sisterhood. Don’t say you weren’t warned.
The company: “The Revolutionists” is directed by Las Cruces theatre and film community pillar Autumn Gieb and stars Brigitte Kearns, Lisa Taylor, Penny Bever and Karen Buerdsell. Costumes were designed by Melissa Muñoz Chavez, props by Darlene DeMondo, set design by Joshua Taulbee and light design by Bekah Taulbee.
The dates: Performances are 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, March 10-11, 17-18 and 24-25; 2:30 p.m. Sunday, March 19 and 26; and 7 p.m. Thursday, March 23.
The tickets: Tickets are $15 regular admission, $12 for students and seniors over age 65 and $10 for all tickets for the Thursday, March 23, performance only. Tickets are on sale at the theatre, by phone at 575-523-1223 and online at www.no-strings.org.