Press Release - Marie Antoinette
For Immediate Release - Baldwin's High School Maskers Club presents a contemporary take on the story of the infamous French queen: Marie Antoinette by David Adjmi. The play, which takes a look at the reign of the queen and the public rumors that helped lead to her untimely demise, will run for three performances: April 12 at 7 p.m. and April 13 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on the Baldwin Campus in the Simpson Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for students. (The Maskers would like to warn parents to consider that the play includes distressing historical subject matter and some mature sexual references. Parents should consider this play to be PG-13.)
This contemporary take on the young queen of France (Skylar Zachian '21) reveals Marie to be a confection created by a society that values extravagance and artifice. Ruling France with her husband, Louis XIV (Emily Seltzer '20), Marie finds herself ill equipped for anything but fashion and parties, much to the annoyance of her brother Joseph (Jattu Fahnbulleh '20) and her friends Polignac (Kit Conklin '20) and Lamballe (Asia Blocker '21). 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 - and the confectionary artifice that might just be entertaining civility to death.
The cast also includes Lucy Bonin, Sam Cappel, Juliana Charles, Sherry Chen, Sanae Hagino, Lavender Huang, Blanche Jiang, Taylor Levinson, Caroline Lingle, Miles Hyatt-Long, Abby Shen, Nahla Yankowy, and Sydney Zilch.
The crew includes Lucy Bonin, Anajah Brown, Destiny Brown, Andrea Coler, Ellie Delaney, Grace Halak, Lavender Huang, Aya Ibikunle, Taylor Levinson, Carys Li, Rebecca McCurdy, Alyssa Morales, Cara Prendergast, Estella Stein, Lenora Thomas, Milan Thornton, Anna Wetzel, and Sydney Zilch.
Our set designers, the "Guilloteam", have created a life-sized guillotine that will be featured on our stage. The Guilloteam includes Josh Samors, Dave Barnes, Emma Barnes, Lucy Bonin, Destiny Brown, Sam Cappel, Ellie Delaney, Grace Halak, Miles Hyatt-Long, Taylor Levinson, Alyssa Morales, Estella Stein, and Sydney Zilch. This production, directed by Aileen Lynch-McCulloch, will feature original music by Baldwin senior Carys Li.