When: Thursday, July 28th at 2:00pm

Where: Chester Theatre Company
Chester Town Hall
15 Middlefield Street
Chester, MA 01011
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Tickets: Free

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The Revolutionists

CTC and WAM partner for a revolutionary event

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The last week of July affords us an opportunity to do something special outside of our regular play schedule. This year we are pleased to present a FREE reading of Lauren Gunderson’s smart, sly play The Revolutionists in partnership with Chester Theatre.

Four beautiful, badass women lose their heads in this irreverent, girl-powered comedy set during the French Revolution. At the height of the Reign of Terror, playwright Olympe de Gouges, assassin Charlotte Corday, activist Marianne Angelle and former queen Marie Antoinette hang out, plot murder and try to beat back extremist insanity in Paris.

The Revolutionists will be read on Thursday, July 28th at 2:00 p.m. Be sure to stay and let us know what you think following the reading.

There will be only one performance, so reserve your free seats now.

MaConnia Chesser HeadshotMACONNIA CHESSER* (Marianne Angelle) Chester Theatre and WAM Theatre: Debut. Elsewhere: Tennessee Shakespeare: The Taming of the Shrew, Richard III; Totem Pole Playhouse: The Sunshine Boys, 45 Seconds from Broadway, Proposals; Kennedy Center: Locomotion; Ensemble Studio Theatre: Cell, Palmetto; York Shakespeare: Macbeth, Richard II; NJ Repertory (company member): The Rant, And Her Hair Went with Her; Theater Alliance: Insurrection; African Continuum Theatre: The Story, Joe Turner’s Come and Gone, The Amen CornerFilm & TV: The Wire, Nothing But the Truth, cigarettes for breakfast, Ghosts of Hamilton Street, DiseaselsTraining/Education: Shakespeare & Company, National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts, Alcorn State University. Awards: Helen Hayes nomination – Outstanding Ensemble (Insurrection). Upcoming: WAM Theatre’s Fresh Takes reading of Grand Concourse on Sept. 11th. 

Zoe Laiz (Stella Adler Studio's All's Well That Ends Well)ZOE LAIZ (Charlotte Corday) Chester Theatre: Debut. WAM Theatre: Zoe has previously read for The Oregon Trail (Jane), Water By The Spoonful (Orangutan) and Waxworks (Ensemble). Elsewhere: She will be performing this summer at Shakespeare & Company in Twelfth Night (Olivia) and Emperor of the Moon (Bellemante). Training: Zoë is a graduate of the Stella Adler Studio in New York City, where her credits included Top Girls (Angie) and All’s Well That Ends Well (Lavatch).

Brenny Rabine HeadshotBRENNY RABINE* (Olympe de Gouges) Chester Theatre: Debut WAM Theatre: Brenny proudly performed the one-woman piece The Last Standing Protester, under Kristen van Ginhoven’s direction, to kick off WAM’s inaugural production. Elsewhere: Off-Broadway: Bill W. and Dr. Bob (SoHo Playhouse), Regional: Arkansas Rep (August: Osage County), InterAct Theatre Co., Capital Rep (Other Desert Cities, God of Carnage), Majestic Theatre Co., Saratoga Shakespeare (Merry Wives of Windsor) and Shadowland Theatre, among others. Film/TV: The Beauty Inside (MoBetta Films), William Kennedy’s Legs Diamond (WMHT). Et cetera: Brenny’s a gleeful alumna of MopCo Improv Theatre Co. Online: For a ridiculous amount of information, visit www.brennyrabine.com

Kim Stauffer* (WAM Theatre's Emilie)KIM STAUFFER* (Marie Antoinette) Chester Theatre: Madagascar, Crime and Punishment. WAM Theatre: Emilie. New York: Much Ado About Nothing, Mary Stuart, Macbeth (New York Classical Theatre). Regional: Lady Windermere’s Fan, The Tempest, Macbeth, Pericles, Lorenzaccio (Shakespeare Theatre Company, DC); Circle Mirror Transformation (Kansas City Repertory Theatre); A Streetcar Named Desire, The Crucible (Barrington Stage Company); Time Stands Still (New Century Theatre); Dracula (Actors Theatre of Louisville); Othello (Shakespeare Festival St. Louis); Proof (Triad Stage); A Christmas Carol (Virginia Stage Company); Taming of the Shrew, The Crucible (Capital Repertory Theatre). Film/TV: Hence the Stars, Pearl Divers, Small Shots: The Amish Matrix. Education: MFA, University of North Carolina-Greensboro.


LindsayDeWinkeleerHeadShotLINDSAY DEWINKELEER (Stage Manager) Chester Theatre: Debut. WAM Theatre: Lindsay was the Assistant Artistic Coordinator of Facing Our TruthElsewhere: She is currently stage managing Pittsfield Shakespeare in the Park’s The Tempest, and most recently stage managed Avenue Q at Berkshire Community College. Training: Lindsay is a graduate of Berkshire Community College and will be continuing her theatrical education at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts double majoring in Performance and Arts Management.

kristenKRISTEN VAN GINHOVEN (Director) WAM Theatre: In Darfur (New England Premiere), Emilie (New England Premiere), The Old Mezzo (World Premiere), The Attic, The Pearls and Three Fine Girls and Melancholy Play. Elsewhere: Waxworks (Williams College), The Whale (Adirondack Theatre Festival), 10 Minute Play Festival (Barrington Stage Company), Petticoats of Steel (Capital Repertory Theatre), Footloose (Cohoes Music Hall), Children’s Hour (Siena College), Vendetta Chrome (Emerson College). Selected assistant directing: The Physicists, 42nd Street (Stratford Shakespeare Festival of Canada), Two Men of Florence (Huntington Theatre), Sleuth, Absurd Person Singular (Barrington Stage Company). Training: Dalhousie University (BA), Queen’s University (BEd), Emerson College (MA). Et cetera: Kristen is an associate member of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers and a theatre artist for the International Schools Theatre Association. She was a member of the 2013 Lincoln Center Director’s Lab and is a member of the Michael Langham Workshop for Classical Direction at the Stratford Festival of Canada. Kristen is the co-founder and Artistic Director of WAM Theatre. Website: www.kristenvanginhoven.com