Playwright Highlight for The Revolutionists at Town Hall Theatre
American Theatre magazine named Lauren Gunderson the most popular playwright in the country for the 2017-18 season, with 27 productions. That means her plays are produced more than twice as often as other playwrights on the list, including Eugene ONeill and August Wilson. And although men still write three quarters of plays being produced, Gunderson has built a national reputation with works that center on women’s stories. Accoring to Daniel Pollack-Pelzner of the New Yorker, “Her typical protagonist is a kind of standin for her: smart, funny, collaborative, optimistic. These woman include: Emilie Chatelet, an Enlightenment genius who revised Newton’s laws of motion [“Emilie: La Marquise de Chatelet defends her life”];
Henrietta Leavitt, a 20th c. Harvard astronomer who figured out how to measure the distance between Earth and the stars [“Silent Sky”],
and --- in The Revolutionists, Olympe de Gouges, a playwright who fought for women’s equality during the French Revolution.”
Town Hall Theatre is thrilled to introduce Bay Area audiences to yet another work from the playwright. Our production which runs September 27-October 20, 2018, will be the Bay Area premiere. In The Revolutionists, Gunderson concocts a bold and brutal comedic quartet about three real-life and one invented (but could be real) badass women during the French Revolution’s Reign of Terror - Olympe de Gouges, activist playwright and feminist; Charlotte Corday, country girl and assassin; Marie Antoinette, fascinating former queen; and Marianne Angelle, black free woman from the Caribbean, a spy.
“ … a sassy, hold-on-to-your-seats theatrical adventure. … wonderfully wild and raucous… She puts four women on the stage who have a lot to say and turns them loose. It’s a wild ride …” Cincinnati Enquirer
“ … in this sparkling new work, politics is very, very funny.” – Houston Chronicle
Lauren Gunderson currently resides in the Bay Area and is working as the playwright in residence for the next three years at Marin Theatre Company which was funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Ms. Gunderson’s has a long collaboration with MTC, which premiered her award-winning play I And You as a part of the National New Play Network’s rolling world premiere in 2013, and will premiere her new play Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley, co-authored with Margot Melcon in 2016.
Lauren will be active in all aspects of our organization. In addition to her writing, she will support our company and devise strategies for development methods and best practices as we pursue work with other writers. She will host a monthly playwright forum on new play development both in Marin and nationally, and will teach playwriting for adults and students, both in the schools and in our conservatory, as well as mentor the participants in our annual Marin Young Playwrights Festival. Among multiple other initiatives, she will also be an integral part of season planning and our commissioning program, and she will also sit on our Executive Leadership Succession planning and Strategic planning committees of the Board of Directors as well as be a company and artistic liaison with our new Encore Board. Artistic Director Jasson Minadakis, Marin Theatre Company
As Ms. Gunderson says, “Stories by and about women can and must be produced across the country to complete the deep generational narrative that our art form so uniquely puts forth. Stories by and about women aren’t just for women but for all of us.”
Be sure to join us for this brutiful new comedic quartet about four women at the height of the Reign of Terror. Liberté, égalité... sororité. The Revolutionists runs Sep 27-Oct 20, 2018 TownHallTheatre.com