By Adam Hetrick
10 Oct 2012
Marie Antoinette premiered at the American Repertory Theater last month. Much of the original cast and creative team reunite for the Yale Rep engagement. Ireland (Reasons to Be Pretty, Blasted, In the Wake) replaces Brooke Bloom in the title role.
Rebecca Taichman directs Adjmi's play that officially opens Nov. 1 for a run through Nov. 17. Tony Award nominee Karole Armitage (Passing Strange, Hair) choreographs the production.
Returning cast members include Fred Arsenault (Born Yesterday) as Emperor Joseph of Austria, Hannah Cabell (Compulsion) as Yolande de Polignac, David Greenspan (The Patsy) as Sheep, Steven Ratazzi (Age of Iron) as Louis XVI, Vin Knight (Gatz) as the Royalist, Polly Lee as Therese de Lamballe, Jake Silbermann (3C) as Axel Fersen, Jo Lambert and Teale Sperling as Marie's coterie and Brian Wiles as Guard. Brian Wiles portrays the Guard, with Ashton Woerz (Priscilla Queen of the Desert) as the Dauphin.
According to Yale Rep, "The young queen Marie Antoinette delights and inspires her French subjects with her three-foot tall wigs and extravagant haute couture. But times change and even the most fashionable queens go out of style. In David Adjmi's humorous and haunting Marie Antoinette, idle gossip turns more insidious as the country revolts, demanding liberté, égalité, fraternité!"
Adjmi's plays also include 3C, Elective Affinities, Stunning, The Evildoers, Strange Attractors and Caligula.
Yale Rep tickets are available by visiting YaleRep, by calling (203) 432-1234 or by visiting the Yale Rep box office (1120 Chapel Street).