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Sonorous Road Rep’s Provocative Production of Émilie Features Five Flawless Performers

Sonorous Road Repertory Company’s production of Émilie La Marquise du Châtelet Defends Her Life Tonight by Lauren Gunderson, is a delightfully enlightening view of important early physicist, polemicist, mathematician, and — most probably what we today would call a feminist — Gabrielle-Émilie Le Tonnelier de Breteuil, marquise du Châtelet (1706-49). A married upper-crust polymath who… Read More ›

Michelle Murray Wells (left) plays Émilie in Émilie: La Marquise du Châtelet Defends Her Life Tonight (photo by Jennifer Kidd Photography and portrait by Maurice Quentin de La Tour)

Michelle Wells and Sterling Hurst Sparkle in Sonorous Road Rep’s Émilie: La Marquise du Châtelet Defends Her Life Tonight

Sonorous Road Repertory Company’s current offering, Lauren Gunderson’s Émilie La Marquise du Châtelet Defends Her Life Tonight, is a remarkable play about a remarkable woman. Directed by Egla Birmingham Hassan, it stars Michelle Murray Wells as Émilie and Sterling Hurst as Voltaire. Both stars simply shine! To say that Gabrielle-Émilie Le Tonnelier de Breteuil (1706-1749),… Read More ›

Raleigh Little Theatre will stage Lauren Gunderson's The Revolutionists, directed by Amy White, on Oct. 4-7 and 11-14 in its Gaddy-Goodwin Teaching Theatre (photo by Areon Mobasher)

Sets, Costumes, Acting, and the Script Make RLT’s The Revolutionists a Must-See Show

“It is the struggles of those who have come before us that make us able to continue the struggle today.” So says Sara Thompson, dramaturg for Lauren Gunderson’s The Revolutionists, now playing at Raleigh Little Theatre’s, under the direction of Amy White. Thompson also reminds us that history is written by the victors, something to… Read More ›

Raleigh Little Theatre will stage Lauren Gunderson's The Revolutionists, directed by Amy White, on Oct. 4-7 and 11-14 in its Gaddy-Goodwin Teaching Theatre (photo by Areon Mobasher)

The Revolutionists at RLT Praises Four Unsung Heroines of the Bloody French Revolution

Imagine dropping into the salon of 18th century French feminist playwright Olympe de Gouges (1748-93) during the French Revolution (1789-99). King Louis XVI (1754-93) has been dethroned and beheaded, and Queen Marie Antoinette (1755-93) (of “Let them eat cake” fame) has been imprisoned. The leader of the revolution, Jean-Paul Marat, has himself become a despot,… Read More ›

Bare Theatre’s Inauguration Day Reading of The Taming Sticks It to Trump

Art is a nation’s most precious heritage. For it is in our works of art that we reveal to ourselves and to others the inner vision which guides us as a nation. And where there is no vision, the people perish. — President Lyndon B. Johnson, signing into existence the National Endowment for the Arts… Read More ›