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Rebel Women of the French Revolution take stage in “The Revolutionists” 

An illustration of a framed bust of Marie Antoinette wearing sunglasses.

Allentown, PA, October 2023: This October 26, 27, 28 at 7 p.m. and 29 at 2 p.m., Cedar Crest College’s Department of Performing Arts premieres The Revolutionists —a new, comedic play about four real women who lived boldly in France during the French Revolution’s Reign of Terror. 

The beautiful, badass women in question are playwright Olympe De Gouge, assassin Charlotte Corday, former queen Marie Antoinette, and Haitian rebel Marianne Angelle. Together, the women hang out, commit homicide, and lose their heads — whether literal or figurative remains to be seen — all while trying to beat back the extremist insanity in Paris of 1793.  

This grand and dream-tweaked play is about violence and legacy, art and activism, feminism and terrorism, compatriots and chosen sisters, and how we actually go about changing the world. For this play, seating will be featured on the stage itself, truly making this a unique, intimate experience.  

Directed by Clair M. Freeman, the four-person cast consists of entirely of Cedar Crest’s own students, including: 
Ashley Rodriguez-Ascencio as Olympe de Gouges 

Lizbeth Parra as Charlotte Corday 

Sofia Barbour as Marie Antionette 

Zaria Berry as Marianne Angelle 

Performances will be held in the Tompkins College Center & Samuels Theatre on Cedar Crest College’s campus. Tickets are available online at