- David Adjmi is the 2010 recipient of the Whiting Award for Drama
"Mr. Adjmi has set himself the task of translating this gilded-cage life into the contemporary language of the spoiled and empty-headed rich, with...Marie sounding rather like the pampered teenage heroine of the movie 'Clueless.' He does so with the empathy that has always leavened his politically judgmental plays...MR. ADJIMI IS ONE OF SEVERAL ADVENTUROUS YOUNG PLAYWRIGHTS NOW...who rather than avoiding clichés are embracing them to find out what enduring truths and lies still lurk beneath their threadbare exteriors."
- The New York Times, Read More
"David Adjmi’s jagged yet elegant historical riff... This tough-minded play doesn’t offer a middle path... Adjmi complicates the satire by imbuing his doomed protagonist with intellectual vibrancy and genuine compassion..." (Four Stars, Critic's Pick)
- Time Out New York, Read More
"From Valley Girl comedy (“the linzer tarts omigod”) to mad-scene finale,...David Adjmi’s [Marie Antoinette is a] marvelous, disturbing, revisionist take. (Critics’ Pick)
— New York Magazine
"In Adjmi's work, even the most innocent-seeming sweetmeats have bitter fillings—brutality, acid, blood... Macarons cede to just deserts, gowns to rags, quips to insane ramblings, gilded dream to caustic nightmare. And still the degradation continues. We are powerless to stop the violence, and what we may have once desired we now deplore. Or, Adjmi asks, do we?"
- Village Voice, Read More
"David Adjmi’s pivotal work... he resembles artists as diverse as Luis Bunuel and Rainer Werner Fassbinder... Adjmi’s brilliance is to use trashy vernacular speech to allude to the way history trashes us."
- The New Yorker, Read More
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Too Much Cake: Inside Steppenwolf Theatre Company's Production of MARIE ANTOINETTE
by Leela Singh
March 11, 2015
by Courtney Kochuba
January 16, 2015
- Mild Adult Themes
- Nudity/Partial Nudity
- Minimum Fee: £69 per performance plus VAT when applicable.
- Time Period: 18th Century
- Duration: 90 minutes
- Setting: Versailles, Paris & Environs. 1770’s – 90’s.
- Additional Features: No intermission
- Features / Contains: Period Costumes
- Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
- Vocal Demands: N/A (Not a musical)
- Chorus Size: N/A (Not a musical)
Casting6m, 3f, 1boy(s)
LOUIS XVI - Her husband
JOSEPH - Her brother
AXEL FERSEN - A family friend she’s attracted to
THE DAUPHIN - Her 10-year-old son
YOLANDE DE POLIGNAC - A false friend
THERESE DE LAMBALLE - A true friend
MR. SAUCE - A shopkeeper (can double with Joseph)
MRS. SAUCE - His wife (can double with Polignac)
REVOLUTIONARY 1,2,3 (can all be played by one man)
TWO GUARDS (double with Revolutionary and Joseph)
- Non-Traditional casting
- Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)
- Expandable casting
- Features Children
- Flexible casting
- Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)
Doubling is suggested in the Character Descriptions.