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JUNE 23 - JULY 4, 2021

The Revolutionists

By Lauren Gunderson

Four badass women take on the French Revolution!

Four beautiful, badass women lose their heads in this irreverent, girl-powered comedy set during the French Revolution’s Reign of Terror, but feeling a bit like Sex and the City circa 1793 Paris. Charlotte Corday (assassin), Olympe de Gouges (playwright), Marie Antoinette (former queen), and Marianne Angelle (Haitian rebel) are all committed to finding Equality for Women while trying to figure out what it means to be “revolutionary.” This grand and zany comedy is about violence and legacy, art and activism, feminism and terrorism, compatriots and chosen sisters, and how we actually go about changing the world without losing our heads.

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The Human Race Theatre Company

Executive DirectorKappy Kilburn

Artistic DirectorKevin Moore


Lauren Gunderson

Directed by Margarett Perry

Scenic Designer Ray Zupp

Costume Designer Janet G. Powell

Lighting Designer John Rensel^

Sound Designer Jay Brunner^

Production Stage Manager Jacquelyn Duncan*

Video Production Shaunn Baker

Produced by Tara Lail & Kevin Moore

THE REVOLUTIONISTS is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York.

Commissioned and first produced by Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park.

Time: 1793

Place: Paris


Ginna Hoben *

Olympe de Gouges

Ginna is an Ohio native and has performed at various American regional theatres, most notably in 31 productions at American Shakespeare Center including the world premieres of Shakespeare’s Sister (titular role) and her self-written play, The Twelve Dates of Christmas.  Other performances include Moon Over Buffalo (Cape May Stage); Next Fall, The 39 Steps, and The Twelve Dates of Christmas (CATCO); Proof (Heritage Repertory); Almost, Maine (Project SEE); and The World Premiere of Richard Dresser’s What Are You Afraid Of? (Humana Festival, Actors Theatre of Louisville.) She has also been a writer/producer for the Emmy nominated TV show, Brain Games. www.ginnahoben.com, www.the12datesofchristmas.com.


Maggie Lou Rader *

Marie Antionette

Maggie is pumped to be back eating cake at Human Race where she was last seen as Abby in Now and Then. An Oklahoma native, she attended William Jewell and the Birmingham School of Acting. She’s performed with Birmingham Old Rep, Kentucky Shakespeare, Know Theatre, StageOne, and the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company where she’s made fond memories playing Maggie in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Mary Shelley in Mary’s Monster, and Jo March in Little Women. She sends love to Justin, family, and her fur babies. Check out her website at www.maggielourader.com!

Tess Talbot

Charlotte Corday

Tess is thrilled to make her debut with The Human Race Theatre Company! A Cincinnati native, she has performed with Know Theatre of Cincinnati (Girl in the Red Corner, Ada and the Engine, Mercury, Listen for the Light), Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park (Alias Grace), Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati (When We Were Young and Unafraid), New Edgecliff Theatre (Venus in Fur), and Cincinnati Shakespeare Company (favorite credits include Henry VI, Julius Caesar, Death of a Salesman). Tess holds a BFA in Acting from Wright State University. She would like to send a profound thank you her voice coach, Chaslee Schweitzer. Love to her family, biological and theatrical.

Torie Wiggins *

Marianne Angelle

Torie is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music with a BFA in Dramatic Performance, and has been performing professionally for over 15 years. She has co-adapted and performed a one-woman show, Your Negro Tour Guide, at various venues across the country. Her film work includes A Christmas Melody, starring and directed by Mariah Carey; The Old Man and the Gun with Robert Redford and Danny Glover and Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile starring Zac Efron. Cincinnati credits include Collapse, Afghan Women Writer’s Project, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, Pluto, Harry and the Thief (Know Theatre of Cincinnati); The Mountaintop, Cinderella, Violet and His Eye is on The Sparrow (Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati); Twilight: Los Angeles 1992 by Anna Deveare Smith (Diogenes Theatre Co); Mame, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike and Crowns (The Human Race Theatre Co.) and Oliver Twist, A Raisin in the Sun and Fences (Cincinnati Shakespeare Co.) She appeared in To Kill a Mockingbird with both Cincinnati Shakespeare Company and Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. Her directing credits include We Are Proud to Present…and Good Kids at Miami University Department of Theatre, Dreamgirls and Proof at The Carnegie Theater, and Blues for an Alabama Sky at Falcon Theatre.

  • ^  Resident Artist with The Human Race Theatre Company
  • *  Appearing through an Agreement between this theatre and Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.
  • °  Equity Membership Candidate

Actors’ Equity Association (AEA), founded in 1913, represents more than 49,000 actors and stage managers in the United States. Equity seeks to advance, promote and foster the art of live theatre as an essential component of our society. Equity negotiates wages and working conditions, providing a wide range of benefits, including health and pension plans. AEA is a member of the AFL-CIO, and is affiliated with FIA, an international organization of performing arts unions. The Equity emblem is our mark of excellence. www.actorsequity.org


Shaunn Baker Video Production

For 30 years, Shaunn has worked on hundreds of projects, from professional theatre to television and feature films. He has directed for The Human Race Theatre Company, directed and assistant directed several short and feature film projects, taught cinematography at The University of Cincinnati, and teaches classes on acting for the camera.  Currently he is Managing Partner of WorldStage Media, an award-winning commercial media and entertainment production company located in Dayton, Ohio, and their latest short film Him / Her will be hitting festivals later this year.  Shaunn misses the live theatre terribly, but is thrilled to be working with The Human Race on Now and Then and The Revolutionists.  He hopes this virtual production will tide-over other theatre lovers, and looks forward to the day when we can once again meet up and tell our stories in person.

Jay Brunner ^ Sound Designer

Jay has designed sound, music directed, performed, and composed music for countless theatrical events, and is proud to call The Human Race his artistic home. He has composed music and recorded audio projects for many musical groups, voiceovers, regional commercials, radio spots, training videos, collegiate theatre projects, marching bands, clubs, and organizations. Jay owns and operates a professional recording studio (Audio Forest) with his wife, fellow HRTC Resident Artist Christine Brunner.

Jacquelyn Duncan * Production Stage Manager

Jacquelyn is delighted to begin her fifth season with HRTC! Jacquelyn received her BFA in Theatre Design & Technology with an emphasis in Stage Management from Wright State University. During her collegiate years Jacquelyn had the pleasure of working for Adam Pascal, Jason Robert Brown, and Tom Hanks. Her first show with HRTC was Hail Mary! back in October 2016. After nine consecutive shows as the Production Assistant Jacquelyn was promoted to Production Stage Manager in Spring 2018 during Brighton Beach Memoirs. She is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association and encourages you all to follow us on social media!

Margarett Perry Director

Margarett has directed numerous productions at The Human Race Theatre Company including The House, God of Carnage, Hail Mary!, One Slight Hitch, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Other Desert Cities, Retreat from Moscow, Painting Churches and two world premieres— Michael Slade’s Under a Red Moon and Patricia O’Hara’s Banned from Baseball. She is an award-winning director of new plays and has directed and developed new work Off-Broadway and in regional theatres across the country as well as Scotland and London. Her last production before the shutdown was the world premiere of Born in East Berlin by Rogelio Martinez at San Francisco Playhouse.  Margarett was the Resident Director at the Kitchen Theatre in Ithaca where she directed over 25 productions—including last season’s The Children. Other recent credits include A Doll’s House, Part 2 (Hudson Stage), Electra (Resident Acting Company), Brian Dykstra’s hip hop play, Used to Was (Maybe Did), with Center Theatre Group, the world premiere of Seared by Theresa Rebeck (SF Playhouse), and Shrek the Musical (Connecticut Rep). She was the Producing Artistic Director of Access Theater in NYC where she produced and directed dozens of new plays and world premieres.  Margarett is an Artistic Fellow at The Lark in NYC where she has worked with a variety of writers developing new work.  Upcoming: Time Passes by Brian Dykstra (Resident Acting Company) and The Golfer by Brian Parks (Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh) Member SDC. www.margarettperry.com

Janet G. Powell Costume Designer

Janet is costuming her twentieth show for HRTC. Costuming credits include Now and Then, Banned from Baseball, The House, Family Ties, Hail Mary!, Sweeney Todd, One Slight Hitch, Steel Magnolias, The Full Monty, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Family Shots, Taking Shakespeare, Other Desert Cities, Torch Song Trilogy, Avenue Q, Band Geeks!, 8 Track, Permanent Collection, The 39 Steps, and two touring shows. She has costumed productions for Yellow Brick Theater, Town Hall Theatre, joint productions for CCM and The Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center, Dayton Playhouse, Beavercreek Theatre, and Memorial Hall in Cincinnati. As a former Norwood City Schools artistic director/teacher she designed, directed, and costumed numerous shows over a period of 37 years. She continues to support theatre in schools, through volunteering, donations, and as an adjudicator with the Miami Valley High School Theatre Awards.

John Rensel ^ Resident Lighting Designer

John is the long-term Resident Lighting Designer for The Human Race Theatre Company, Muse Machine, the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra Pops series, and the Dayton Opera Association. He also serves as the long-time Technical Director for the Fraze Pavilion and has provided advanced technical production coordination, lighting designs, automation programming, and performance operation services for many artists and productions that have visited that venue. John also has a diverse dance lighting background, having provided lighting designs and technical production services for many years to The Dayton Ballet and Dayton Contemporary Dance Co.  John’s national credits include a lighting design package for a National Touring Production of the Elton John/Tim Rice collaboration Aida.  Some of his most recent local credits include all the designs for The Human Race’s season at the Loft Theatre; Muse Machine’s productions at the Victoria Theatre and the Dayton Opera Association’s season at the Schuster Center.  At 70, John just had his tonsils removed. Ouch!

Ray Zupp Scenic Designer

Ray is always excited to work with the Human Race Theatre, previously designing Lizzie, The House, and One Slight Hitch. He has also worked as a Scenic Artist on numerous productions for the Race since 2007. Zupp spent four seasons working with the Dayton Ballet, designing their productions of Cinderella, The Nutcracker, Romeo & Juliet, and was the costume and scenic designer for Dracula: Bloodlines. Ray has designed for numerous theater companies across the United States over the last decade. Television credits include work on various reality shows for FOX, CMT, OWN, the HUB, MNET America, as well as ABC’s Brothers & Sisters, HBO’s Girls, NBC’s Deception, and NETFLIX’s Orange is the New Black.

  • ^  Resident Artist with The Human Race Theatre Company
  • +  The Director is a member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, an independent labor union.
  • #  United Scenic Artists, Local USA 829 of the IATSE is the union representing Scenic, Costume, Lighting, Sound and Projection Designers in Live Performances.


  • Technical Director

    Isaac Harris
  • Head Carpenter/Charge Artist

    Alexander Capeneka
  • Production Stage Manager

    Jacquelyn Duncan*
  • Production Assistant

    Samantha Stanton
  • Health Resources Officer

    Rick Flynn
  • Prop Master

    Sarah Gomes
  • Stage Curtains

    Heather Powell
  • Costume Shop Manager/Wardrobe

    Debra Howard
  • Wardrobe

    Andrew Ian Adams
  • Dramaturg

    Hannah Meyer
  • Sound Engineer

    Alexander Koker
  • Stage Crew

    Anna Moore
  • Lighting Assistant

    Steve Williams
  • Assistant Camera/Production Assistant

    Grayson Baker
  • Camera Operator

    Jacob Warling
  • DIT/Script Supervisor

    Chance Madison
  • Photographer

    Scott J. Kimmins
  • Production Artwork

    Dave Arnold Connexion
  • ^  Resident Artist with The Human Race Theatre Company
  • *  Appearing through an Agreement between this theatre and Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.
  • °  Equity Membership Candidate

About The Playwright

Lauren GundersonPlaywright

Lauren has been one of the most produced playwrights in America since 2015 topping the list twice including 2019/20. She is a two-time winner of the Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award for I and You and The Book of Will, the winner of the Lanford Wilson Award and the Otis Guernsey New Voices Award, a finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize and John Gassner Award for Playwriting, and a recipient of the Mellon Foundation’s Residency with Marin Theatre Company. She studied Southern Literature and Drama at Emory University, and Dramatic Writing at NYU’s Tisch School where she was a Reynolds Fellow in Social Entrepreneurship. She co-authored the Miss Bennet plays with Margot Melcon, and her play The Half-Life of Marie Curie is available on Audible.com. Her work is published at Playscripts (I and You; Exit Pursued By A Bear; The Taming and Toil And Trouble), Dramatists Play Service (The Revolutionists; The Book of Will; Silent Sky; Bauer, Natural Shocks, The Wickhams and Miss Bennet) and Samuel French (Emilie). Her picture book Dr Wonderful: Blast Off to the Moon is available from Two Lions/Amazon. She is currently developing musicals with Ari Afsar, Dave Stewart and Joss Stone. LaurenGunderson.com

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