By Lauren Gunderson
Artists Repertory Theatre - Portland OR.
Who runs the world? GIRLS! In 1793, during France’s Reign of Terror — a playwright, an assassin, a former queen, and a Caribbean spy walk into a room and attempt to save the soul of France while avoiding the edge of the guillotine’s blade. Olympe De Gouges is desperate to pen the perfect piece of revolutionary art for her generation, while Charlotte Corday is determined to become an assassin. Prophetic Marie Antoinette is happy to reminisce about her time in the palace while Marianne Angelle gathers intelligence to send home to the Caribbean. In a blisteringly funny portrayal, The Revolutionistsdepicts four badass women who fight for the equality of all women and for the love of their country.
Midsummer Night’s Dream
by William Shakespeare
co-direction - Darius Pierce, Liz Young
by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins
Artist Repertory Theatre
co-direction - Dámaso Rodriguez
AN OCTOROON is a raucously irreverent riff off a 19th Century hit melodrama set on a Louisiana plantation. Branden Jacobs-Jenkins offers a brazen and metatheatrical experience that twists a world of larger-than-life stereotypes into blistering social commentary. It's a hilarious and gasp-inducing satire from one of America's most thrilling writers.
“…directors Lava Alapai & Dámaso Rodríguez understand what the show is trying to do and turn everything up to 11.”
-TJ Acena, Oregon Artswatch
“Addressing race in theater—an art form too often dominated by white people in both its creation and its consumption—is an important task in any political moment, and this is one of the best treatments of it I’ve seen in recent memory.”
-Megan Burbank,Portland Mercury
“The play holds up a mirror to our ideas about race and then proceeds to shatter them…”
-Krista Garver, Broadway World-Portland