United States of America
Category: Costume Design
Described by the playwright as a "feminist dream fugue," THE REVOLUTIONISTS tells the story of three real and one imagined woman during the reign of terror in 1793 France. The script combines contemporary American speech with the 1793 setting in order to make the women's struggles clear to a modern audience,
In the play, feminist playwright Olympe de Gouges, assassin Charlotte Corday, former queen Marie Antoinette, and imagined Haitian revolutionary Marianne Angelle inadvertently meet at Olympe's Paris home, all in search of meaning and a good last "line" during the final weeks of their lives. They debate the uses of art in a political revolution, whether theatre is necessary to the populace, and their roles as women while society cracks open around them. Olympe's home becomes a safe space. Characters who begin the play as antagonists find that they have a connection, and become allies. Marie Antoinette offers profound, and humorous, insights to her own role in inspiring the revolution.
The design team was a group that has worked together on 3 previous productions in the same theatre, so we had a high level of mutual trust in one anothers' work. The timeline was 7 weeks from the first design meeting to the opening night and there were 3 weeks of rehearsal. As with many small theatres in the US, virtually all of the costumes were patterned and built by the designer.
The costumes were set in the 1793 period, with a Blue/White/Red color scheme, taken from the fashion of the time and the new tri-color flag of post-revolutionary France.