The Angel of Assassins

According to Playwright, Lauren Gunderson, The Revolutionists is a, “grand and dream-tweaked comedy about violence and legacy, art and activism, feminism and terrorism,  compatriots and chosen sisters, and how we actually go about changing the world.” Town Hall Theatre’s production runs September 27-October 20, 2018 and we are to introducing each of the bad-ass women depicted in the play.

Charlotte Corday was the daughter of a poor family from Normandy. She had been sent to live in a nunnery in Caen by her father after the death of her older sister and mother. There she encountered the writings of Plutarch, Rousseau and Voltaire. While in Caen, she began to sympathize with the Girondins, where she met many groups. She was alarmed by the more radical revolutionary thinking, and the direction of extremism and terror and violence, and possible civil war.

 Charlotte Corday

Charlotte Corday

She truly believed killing one man, Jean-Paul Marat, because of the influence of his newspaper over the masses, would end the violence. July 1793, Charlotte Corday assassinates Marat (denouncer of the Girondins) in his bathtub. Marat, who had a persistent skin disease, was working as usual in his bath when Corday solicited an interview with him. She was finally admitted to his presence and while he was in his bath she named dissidents in Normandy directly to him; he noted them and assured her that they would be guillotined. She calmly pulled a knife from her bodice and stabbed him in his chest.

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He died almost immediately, and Corday waited calmly for the police to come and arrest her. She was tried and convicted by the Revolutionary Tribunal and guillotined four days later on the Place de la Révolution.

Marat’s murder is often said to be the last event which started the Reign of Terror, with constant trials and executions, but really it was just the last in a series of events causing fear and paranoia.

 Charlotte Corday is led to her execution by guillotine.

Charlotte Corday is led to her execution by guillotine.

“Charlotte is propelled by the absolute conviction of youth. She has no family or career to put on the line. She only has her rage at injustice, her apoplectic response to hypocrisy, and her undying commitment to the cause.  This cracks of course when she realizes that death is coming for her and coming fast. But she faces it like a true martyr without anything to lose but her life.” ~Lauren Gunderson, Playwright

 Heather Kellogg plays Charlotte Corday, The Angel of Assassins

Heather Kellogg plays Charlotte Corday, The Angel of Assassins

She is a martyr.

She is an angel.

She proves steak knife always beats naked-guy-in-a-bathtub.

Don’t miss Heather Kellogg’s confident and bru-tiful performance. She’s willing to die for her cause! The Revolutionists Sep 27-Oct 20, 2018 TownHallTheatre.com

Susan Evans