THE REVOLUTIONISTS

 

 

 

WRITTEN BY LAUREN GUNDERSON

 

 

PERFORMED AT BINGHAMTON UNIVERSITY

 

IN CHAMBER HALL

DIRECTED BY TOM KREMER

 

 

SCENIC DESIGN BY HOLDEN GUNSTER

 

 

LIGHTING DESIGN BY STEVE CARMICHAEL

 

COSTUME DESIGN BY REBECCA VERPILE

PHOTOS BY MARCUS NEWTON

CRAFTING A SENSE OF DANGER WAS THE KEY TO THE DESIGN

IN INITIAL CONVERSATIONS WITH TOM (DIRECTOR), HE INDICATED THAT HE SAW THE ENTIRETY OF THE PLAY TAKING PLACE IN THE MOMENTS BEFORE OLYMPE DE GOUGE'S BEHEADING AT THE GUILLOTINE.

AND SO NATURALLY, THE GUILLOTINE AND ITS MENACING PRESENCE BECAME THE ELEMENT AROUND WHICH THE ENTIRE SET WAS DESIGNED. THE SCAFFOLDING SURROUNDING THE SET APPEARED TO BE SLOWLY ENCROACHING ON ALL FOUR SIDES OF OLYMPE'S PARISIAN STUDY. WHAT APPEARED TO BE THE LAST SAFE HAVEN IN ALL OF FRANCE. THE ONLY WAY IN OR OUT WAS ALWAYS IMMEDIATELY SLAMMED SHUT AS IF TO HOLD OFF THE INVADING THREAT OF THE REVOLUTION.

 

SHADOWS FROM THE FRAMEWORK WOULD COVER THE SET AND THE GUILLOTINE, NO MATTER THE SCENE, HAD A SINISTER GLARE FROM THE BLOODSTAINED BLADE. CHARACTERS WHO DIED AT THE HANDS OF THE BLADE WOULD EMERGE FROM BENEATH THE SCAFFOLDING WITH RED RIBBONS AROUND THEIR NECKS TO REPRESENT THEIR BEHEADING.