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Stage Left finds comedy in French Revolution

Surprise theater stages play to end this month

Posted 5/12/22

Four beautiful, badass womenwill  lose their heads in this irreverent, girl-powered comedy set during the French Revolution’s Reign of Terror.

Playwright Olympe de Gouges, assassin …

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ENTERTAINMENT

Stage Left finds comedy in French Revolution

Surprise theater stages play to end this month

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Four beautiful, badass womenwill  lose their heads in this irreverent, girl-powered comedy set during the French Revolution’s Reign of Terror.

Playwright Olympe de Gouges, assassin Charlotte Corday, former queen (and fan of ribbons) Marie Antoinette, and Haitian rebel Marianne Angelle hang out, murder Marat, and try to beat back the extremist insanity in 1793 Paris.

The play, The Revolutionists performs May 19-29 at Stage Left Productions and is directed by Artistic Director Cody Dull.

Performances are at 7 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays and 4 p.m. 7 Sundays at. Tickets are $28 reserved seating and may be purchased online at www.stageleftaz.com or at the box office from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays or call 623-285-6321.

The Box Office also opens 1 hour prior to a performance. Stage Left Productions is in the Bell Mar Plaza at 11340 W. Bell Road, Suite 105, next door to Hurricane Grill and Wings.

This dream-tweaked comedy is about violence and legacy, art and activism, feminism and terrorism, compatriots and chosen sisters, and how people go about changing the world.

Cindy Covington plays Olympe De Gouges, the only female playwright in Paris at the time of the French Revolution. This marks her fifth appearance with Stage Left having recently played Chick in last years production of “Crimes of The Heart.”

Covington was also nominated for an AriZoni Award for Leading Actress in Play for her portrayal of Lady Bird Johnson in “Tea for Three: Lady Bird, Pat, & Betty” in 2021. She said she likes best about playing Olympe is her character’s internal struggle learning that (in the words of Nelson Mandela), “Courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it.”

Cindy wants audiences that come to the show to realize that “the necessity of honoring the dignity, value, and contribution of every human being regardless of race, creed, or sex!”

Playing the young assassin Charlotte Corday is Jillian Walker. This marks Jillian’s first appearance with Stage Left. Her stage credits include “Constellations,” “The Wolves,” “Quincy,” “Mr Burns-Post Electric Play” and many more. Walker holds a bachelor's in theatre from Arizona State University.

Playing the activist Marianne Angelle is Katryce Bridges. She holds a bachelor's of the arts degree in musical theatre from Rockford University. This marks her second appearance with Stage Left having last played Daphne in Stage Left’s season opener “The Gods of Comedy.”

Rounding out the cast and playing Marie Antoinette is Suze St. John. She is no stranger to the stage having performed all over the valley. This is St. John's third appearance with Stage Left having recently portrayed Alexandra in “Velocity of Autumn” and one of the many Susans in “Just the Ticket” which earned her an AriZoni Award nomination for Actress in a Supporting role in 2021.

She said what she likes best about playing Marie Antoinette is “Duh, she’s the queen!" But with all seriousness she loves how vapid, shallow, and obtuse her character can be but then has these amazing moments of sincerity that no one sees coming. Suze hopes that when the audience comes to the play, they will leave the show realizing that “no matter how different we are, human beings are actually more alike than not.”

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