Tuesday, Sept 19, 2017, 8:00pm & Wed, Sept 20, 2017, 8:00pm
$15 cash at door
Not My Revolution is a gripping, multi media solo show about a Syrian refugee woman and her unexpected parallel journey to that of Marie Antoinette’s.
Written and performed by Elizabeth Huffman
Produced by Cygnet Productions & Chain Reaction Theatre
Portland / Oregon (USA) In English
A wealthy Syrian bon vivant is inadvertently trapped in an Arab uprising, the results of which are catastrophic.
A wealthy Austrian born queen is unwittingly embroiled in the French revolution, the results of which are catastrophic.
Each is imprisoned by circumstance, by injustice, by stone walls, by homelessness.
The fates of these two strong-willed, persecuted women become entangled over the course of one startling, haunting, harrowing night.
With humor, candor and courage, they navigate their respective, journeys stripped of pretense and privilege, toward forgiveness and ultimately, redemption.
ABOUT THE PLAY:
The evening tells the story of a wealthy Syrian woman who gets caught up in the Arab Spring, not from political conviction but by a series of random circumstances and as a result loses her family and home becoming The Displaced Woman. In search of a safe place to sleep, she discovers an empty, trash filled room and decides to spend the night there. She comes across a book of plays in the room and to pass the time begins to read one about Marie Antoinette’s last night before her execution, herself a victim of a bloody civil war.
During the night The Displaced Woman and the unfortunate Queen of France share their stories with us, revealing the similarities in their circumstances and the differences in their ultimate choices.
Elizabeth Huffman, the acclaimed Syrian American actress and artistic director of Chain Reaction Theatre wrote and performs in this new solo play. She developed the project with her colleague, the multiple award-winning director Louanne Moldovan, artistic director of Cygnet Productions. Together they have created a powerful, darkly humorous exploration of the cause and effects of civil war, then and now.