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 Revolutionists depicts four badass women who fight for the equality of all women and for the love of their country.

Awards for Lauren Gunderson: Steinberg Playwright Award, Susan Smith Blackburn Prize Finalist, most-produced American playwright of 2016

"...rapid-fire barbs and quick-witted retorts." -Patricia Mitchell, DC Metro Theater Arts

"The Revolutionists is as beautiful in its pleasures as it is tailor-made for this fraught moment in our own story." -Lisa Kennedy, The Know

Selected Plays

Anonymous Theatre

Midsummer Night’s Dream

by William Shakespeare

co-direction - Darius Pierce, Liz Young

Anonymous Theatre

 
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An Octoroon

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

Full Review

“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

Full Review

“The play holds up a mirror to our ideas about race and then proceeds to shatter them…”
-Krista Garver, Broadway World-Portland

Full Review

 
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Columbinus

by Stephen Karam and PJ Paparelli

Inspired by the 1999 Columbine school shooting.

"The eight-member cast, drawn from across the metro area, does terrific, fiercely committed work, and the fine director Lava Alapai keeps the action tense and clear and focused."

- BOB HICKS, Oregon ArtsWatch

Full Review

 
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Charlotte's Web

by Joseph Robinette

"Alapai shows a steady hand when dealing with this complex setting and cast. She understands the story and allows a lot of humor to enhance the characters."

- Dennis Sparks

Full Review

 
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Locomotion

by Jacquline Woodson

"Director Lava Alapai works with a sure and quiet hand as she brings us deeper into Lonnie's life and reveals more of his story."

- Carol Wells, The Oregonian/OregonLive

Full Review

"OCT’s production, under Lava Alapai’s astute and sensitive direction, brings the story to fruition with theatrical richness and satisfying econom."

- Bob Hicks, Oregon Artswatch

Full Review

other projects

 

48 hour film festival

lava alapai -writer/ director

jeff woods - camera/editor