Marie Antoinette
A.R.T. Season
Sept. 1, 2012 to Sept. 29, 2012

This barbed and brassy tragicomedy provides a peek into the life of cake enthusiast and infamous representative of the 1% featuring Brooke Bloom as Marie. From the mind of David Adjmi, playwright of last year’s Off-Broadway phenomenon, Elective Affinities, A.R.T. presents this world premiere in a co-production with Yale Repertory Theatre.

Marie Antoinette at the A.R.T.: 

Marie Antoinette at the A.R.T.

Marie Antoinette in ASL at the A.R.T.

Creative team
Written by David Adjmi
Directed by Rebecca Taichman
Choreographer Karole Armitage
Scenic Design Riccardo Hernandez
Costume Design Gabriel Berry
Lighting Design Christopher Akerlind
Sound Design Matt Hubbs
Puppet Design Matt Acheson
Fight Choreographer J. David Brimmer
Casting Tara Rubin Casting
Stage Manager Amanda Spooner
Joseph/Mr. Sauce Fred Arsenault
Marie Antoinette Brooke Bloom
Yolande de Polignac/Mrs. Sauce Hannah Cabell
The Dauphin Andrew Cekala
Sheep David Greenspan
Royalist Vin Knight
Marie’s Coterie Jo Lampert
Therese de Lamballe Polly Lee
Louis Steven Rattazzi
Axel Fersen Jake Silbermann
Marie’s Coterie Teale Sperling
Guard Brian Wiles
Additional staff
Assistant Stage Manager Kevin Schlagle
Assistant Director Stephanie Ward, Vahdat Yeganeh
Assistant Choreographer Emily Wagner
Voice and Speech Consultant Jane Guyer Fujita
Assistant to the Playwright

Philip Gates


Marissa L. Friedman

Dance Captain Jo Lampert
Fight Captain Fred Arsenault
Stage Management Intern

Greg Swartz


Carmel Dundon

First Hand

Michelle Ross


Sally Ravitz, Carol Schaberg, Jen Bennett, Lisa Dezmelyk, Anita Canzian, Becky Hylton

Crafts Artisans

Jeffrey Burrows


Denise Wallace

Crafts Assistant

Jill Thibault


Rachel Padula Shufelt


Emily Damron, Amber Voner, Brian Choinski

Servant, Guard, and Dauphin Costumes

Liz Perlman and CostumeWorks

Assistant to the Costume Designer

Fabian Aguilar

Costume Interns

Rachel Gibian, Amalya Goldberg

Scene Shop Buyer

Ryan Anderson


Nathaniel Drake, Tim Jones, Adam Medlyn, Matthew Meeds, Kyle Moore, Andrew Remillard, Ray Reyes, Jon Seiler, John VanRoosendaal

Scenic Carpenter Interns

Derek Jay, Caitlin Magness, Chris Marks, Kristin Matsumoto, Seth Randall-Tapply

Scenic Painters

Elizabeth Johnson, Heather Morris

Scenic Paint Interns

Brian Crete, Christopher Kavanah

Props Artisan

Edward Hartigan

Props Intern

Heather Mauldin


Tara Rubin, C.S.A.; Merri Sugarman, C.S.A.; Eric Woodall, C.S.A.; Lindsay Levine; Kaitlin Shaw; Stephanie Yankwitt, Casting


Harvard Summer Interns 2012 with support from the Office of the President and Provost and in partnership with the Office of Career Services: Madeleine Bersin, Rachel Gibian, Heather Mauldin, Civry Melvin, Anise Molina, Benjamin Moss, Ryan Smillie, Susanna Wolk



BAAA! David Adjmi's Marie Antoinette negotiates hairpin turns among satire, low comedy, surrealism,
and dark night of the soul before delivering a haunting wake-up call.



At the very start of the American Repertory Theatre’s New England premiere of David Adjmi’s "Marie Antoinette" the queen herself, played by Brooke Bloom, sits flanked by two noble companions. All three are equipped with fantastically high wigs; all three are attired in pastel-hued dresses (just one of costume designer Gabriel Berry’s many triumphs here). They are dainty, and even delectable, to behold; they look like nothing so much as a neatly packaged assortment of macaroons, and scenic designer Riccardo Hernandez has created a perfect little jewel box to contain their rarefied and often trivial existence. More


The American Repertory Theater, in a co-production with Yale Repertory Theatre, presents the world premiere of David Adjmi's tragicomedy Marie Antoinette at the Loeb Drama Center in Cambridge. Staged on a colorful plexiglass set designed by Riccardo Hernandez (who also designed The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess), with stunning costumes and wigs by Gabriel Berry, Adjmi's highly entertaining telling of the French Queen's story takes its fair share of liberties with history, but displays obvious parallels between the economic inequality of her time and ours as we teeter on the brink of an important election. More



Brooke Bloom gives a spectacular performance as France's former first lady in David Adjmi's often silly yet insightful play.  Abetted by a smart director and crack design team -- including Riccardo Hernandez, whose set design is an exercise in impactful minimalism -- Adjmi has crafted a confection that's all sugar on the surface, with harder-to-ingest messages concealed within. More

Bloom’s Marie comes across as more oblivious than mean-spirited, a pawn in a deadly, rapidly unfolding contest she can’t recognize or understand, much less play with any real skill. A measure of self-awareness does eventually dawn, but by then it’s far too late. The luxury-loving queen has become a despised symbol to the bloody-minded revolutionaries whose ostensible goal is “Liberty, equality, fraternity,’’ and the guillotine awaits. More

Karole Armitage jettisoned her sobriquet as the "punk ballerina" years ago, but the Tony-nominated former Merce Cunningham dancer continues her edgy choreographic foray with her contributions to the upcoming world premiere of playwright David Adjmi's Marie Antoinette, a coproduction of the American Repertory Theater and the Yale Repertory Theatre. More

"FINISH THIS SENTENCE: BY THE YEAR 1793, I HOPE TO BE..." Brooke Bloom as Marie answered some questions for the Phoenix. Check it out. More

The topic of income inequality is very much in the air these days at the American Repertory Theater, where David Adjmi’s “Marie Antoinette,” a tragicomedy about the ignominious one-percenter, is in rehearsals for its world premiere. . . . While Adjmi’s Marie is a spectacularly overindulged naïf, he doesn’t condemn her for her ignorance or for privilege so excessive that when she had a faux hamlet constructed for her amusement at Versailles, she played shepherdess there to perfumed sheep. Or so the story goes. More

Press Releases

  For Immediate Release: August 29, 2012 Contact: Kati Mitchell 617-496-2000x8841   American Repertory Theater Announces Schedule for 2012-13 Season ASL and Audio Described...
  For Immediate Release: July 30, 2012Contact: Kati Mitchell   A.R.T. Announces additional casting information for MARIE ANTOINETTEby David Adjmi, directed by...

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Run time

2 hours with one 15 minute intermission


64 Brattle St.
Cambridge, MA 02138

Tickets: 617.547.8300

Administrative Office: 617.495.2668


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Need to know

Strobe-like light effects, 
strong language, & LOUD SOUND EFFECTS

Recommended Grades 6 and up.


 ASL Dates: 

September 23rd, 2:00PM
September 25th, 7:30PM


 Audio Described Dates: 

September 26, 7:30PM*
September 29, 2:00PM*

*Touch tour 1 hour prior


Assistive Listening Devices
Large Print Programs

Everyone's Talking! There was a series of post-show discussions following select performances of Marie Antoinette. Click here to find out who participated in the discussions.


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