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Off With Their Heads: The Revolutionists Come To Raleigh

Areon Mobasher

Marie Antoinette’s biggest crime was being born to a family of wealth and privilege during a time of political upheaval. She was executed by guillotine. 

A determined Charlotte Corday assassinated the man she believed was dividing the country: journalist Jean-Paul Marat. Her penalty? She was executed by guillotine. Playwright Olympe de Gouges was both an early feminist and abolitionist. For her efforts, she was executed. Though there is no evidence the lives of these notable women intersected,they do in the play “The Revolutionist.

Playwright Lauren Gunderson plays fast and loose with history as she interweaves moments from the French Revolution’s Reign of Terror with topics that still trouble modern day society. “The Revolutionists” is on stage at the Raleigh Little Theatre from Sept. 28 until Oct. 14.

Host Frank Stasio is joined by the play’s director Amy White, a professor of theatre and musical theatre at William Peace University. Actors Melanie Simmons and Liz Webb join her in studio to perform live scenes from the play

This program originally aired on September 27, 2018.

Dana is an award-winning producer who began as a personality at Rock 92. Once she started creating content for morning shows, she developed a love for producing. Dana has written and produced for local and syndicated commercial radio for over a decade. WUNC is her debut into public radio and she’s excited to tell deeper, richer stories.
Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.