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Marie Antoinette by David Adjmi

19 January 2016

– Austin American-Statesman
“The designers, working together with each other and the virtuosic cast and director, have created a memorable production”

– Centtral Texas Live Theatre

Capital T presents

Marie Antoinette

by David Adjmi

Directed by Rosalind Faires

March 3rd-20th

3 Weeks only!

Thursday – Sunday at 8pm

The Off Center    2211 Hidalgo Street, Austin, TX

Liberté, Egalité, Célébrité

In a world of empty celebrity and economic crisis, how’s a queen to keep her head? David Adjmi’s reimagined modern take on cake enthusiast and infamous one-percenter Marie Antoinette examines the lust for the famed ruler before, during, and after her death. MARIE ANTOINETTE holds a mirror up to our contemporary society that might just be entertaining itself to death.

Cap T is proud to present the regional premiere of this funny and dark play that wowed audiences at Steppenwolf, Yale Rep, and Soho Rep. MARIE ANTOINETTE stars Cap T standout Indigo Rael (EXIT, PURSUED BY A BEAR) as the titular queen of France with a supporting ensemble including Claire Grasso, Uyen-Ann Dang, Nicholas Saenz, Nick Mills, Karina Dominguez, Matt Frazier, and Delante Keys.

Running Time: 90 minutes without intermission.  


Marie Antoinette Indigo Rael
Lamballe/Royalist Claire Grasso
Polignac/Mrs. Sauce Uyen-Anh Dang
Louis XVI Nicholas Mills
Joseph/Mr. Sauce Nicholas Saenz
Sheep Matt Frazier
Fersen/Executioner Delanté Keys*
Revolutionary/Guard Karina Dominguez
Dauphin Kristin Torres

*appears courtesy Actors Equity

David Adjmi – Playwright

David Adjmi was called “virtuosic” by the New York Times, one of the “best and most original theatre artists of a generation” by Vogue, and one of the Top Ten in Culture by The New Yorker magazine.

He is developing his play Stereophonic with Daniel Aukin and Will Butler (Arcade Fire).

His play Marie Antoinette received a critically acclaimed world premiere co-production with A.R.T. and Yale Rep. The play won 3 Connecticut Critics Circle Awards including Best Play. Marie Antoinette received a New York premiere at Soho Rep was produced at Steppenwolf, Woolly Mammoth and other theaters around the world this past season.

3C received its world premiere at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater (with Rising Phoenix and Piece by Piece Productions) in June 2012, and was dubbed “revelatory” by the Times and “the most divisive and controversial play of the season” by the New York Post. 3C was selected as one of the top ten plays of 2012 by the Post, Time Out New York and the Advocate.

Elective Affinities, which premiered at the Royal Shakespeare Company, received a U.S. premiere this December at Soho Rep (with Rising Phoenix and Piece by Piece Productions) starring Zoe Caldwell (Top 10 of the year in Time Out New York, New Yorker.)

Other plays include Stunning (LCT3/Lincoln Center Theater, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company), The Evildoers (Sundance, Yale Repertory Theatre), Caligula (Soho Rep Studio Series), and Strange Attractors (Empty Space).

David was awarded a Mellon Foundation Playwrights Residency, the Guggenheim Fellowship, the Whiting Writers’ Award, the Kesselring Prize for Drama, the Steinberg Playwright Award (the “Mimi”), McKnight and Jerome fellowships, the Helen Merrill Award, the Marian Seldes-Garson Kanin Fellowship, the Fadiman Prize and the Bush Artists Fellowship, among others. He is the recipient of residencies from the American Academy of Rome, the Bogliasco Foundation, The MacDowell Colony, Corporation of Yaddo, Ucross and others. He currently holds commissions from Lincoln Center Theater, Yale Rep, Berkeley Rep, the Royal Court (UK), and the Center Theatre Group.

David has served on panels for the Luminato Festival, National Endowment for the Arts, the McKnight Foundation, Massachusetts Cultural Council and others. He has taught workshops and seminars at the Iowa Playwrights Workshop, Harvard University, Yale School of Drama, Rutgers University, Primary Stages, NYU, Mark Taper Forum, CalArts, Southampton Writers Conference, and the University of Rochester.

He is a member of New Dramatists, the Dramatists Guild, MCC Theater Playwrights’ Coalition, and Soho Theatre’s “The Hub.” A collection of David’s work, Stunning and Other Plays, is published by TCG, and his work is included in The Methuen Drama Book of New American Plays.