The Baldwin School presents Marie Antoinette
In this contemporary take on the life of the young queen of France, Marie is a teenaged confection created by a society that values extravagance and artifice. But France's love affair with the royals sours as revolution brews, and for Marie, the political suddenly becomes very personal. From the light and breezy banter at the palace to the surging chants of Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité! in the streets, Marie Antoinette holds a mirror up to our contemporary society and love of celebrity gossip, the rebellion brewing within the masses - and the confectionary artifice that might just be entertaining civility to death.
David Adjmi is the 2010 recipient of the Whiting Award for Drama
April 12 at 7 p.m.
April 13 at
2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Subject Matters deemed not fit for all ages. Restricted Guidance is advised PG-13 (for language and implied violence).
"Mr. Adjmi has set himself the task of translating this gilded-cage life into the contemporary language of the spoiled and empty-headed rich, with...Marie sounding rather like the pampered teenage heroine of the movie 'Clueless.' He does so with the empathy that has always leavened his politically judgmental plays...MR. ADJIMI IS ONE OF SEVERAL ADVENTUROUS YOUNG PLAYWRIGHTS NOW...who rather than avoiding clichés are embracing them to find out what enduring truths and lies still lurk beneath their threadbare exteriors."
- The New York Times
"David Adjmis jagged yet elegant historical riff... This tough-minded play doesnt offer a middle path... Adjmi complicates the satire by imbuing his doomed protagonist with intellectual vibrancy and genuine compassion..." (Four Stars, Critic's Pick)
- Time Out New York
"From Valley Girl comedy (the linzer tarts omigod) to mad-scene finale,...David Adjmis [Marie Antoinetteis a] marvelous, disturbing, revisionist take. (Critics Pick)
New York Magazine
This production is directed by Baldwin drama teacher Aileen McCulloch with assistant director Aya Ibukunle ('22) with stage management by Destiny Brown ('19) assisted by Lucy Bonin ('21), Elizabeth Delaney ('22) and Caroline Prendergast ('22) who also runs the sound design. Set is designed by Alyssa Morales ('19), Sound Cue Design by Anajah Brown ('21) and Caryl Li ('19), Costumes are designed by Andrea Coler ('19) and lights are designed by Estella Stein ('22). Josh Samors is Technical Director.
Simpson Center on the Baldwin School Campus (View)
701 Montgomery Ave. in the center of the Baldwin School Campus
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010