I wasn’t raised I was built: I was built to be this thing; and now they’re killing me for it.
The eyes of the court are on her, and nothing good can come of it. They used to love Marie just the way she was. But now change is in the air and things are about to be different for France’s isolated young queen. Things are about to be different for everybody. Aren’t they?
Marin Ireland (Blasted) returns to Soho Rep. to take on Marie in a raw, fantastical, and funny production about a moment in time when the political suddenly got very personal. You’ve never seen a history play quite like this.
Time Out New York
“Ireland gives one of the rawest and most mercurial performances I’ve seen from her, a symphony of tics, comic bluster, false starts and cascades of acid regret…Her Marie rules.”
New York Magazine. Critics’ Pick.
“From Valley Girl comedy (“the linzer tarts omigod”) to mad-scene finale, Marin Ireland nails the Queen of France in David Adjmi’s marvelous, disturbing, revisionist take.”
“Marie Antoinette, playwright David Adjmi’s modern-flair retelling of the famously reviled, beheaded teen queen, seems to land smack-dab in 2013’s ticker of news events, and we’re all the better for it.”
New York Post
“Invigorating, thanks to a remarkable cast and director Rebecca Taichman’s stylish production.”
The New Yorker
“Adjmi’s brilliance is to use trashy vernacular speech to allude to the way history trashes us.”
Marsha Stephanie Blake
Joshua William Gelb
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Marie Antoinette was commissioned by Yale Repertory Theatre and premiered in a co-production with American Repertory Theater in 2012.
Funding for this production is provided in part by Yale’s Binger Center for New Theatre.