Off the WALL Productions Presents ‘Not My Revolution,’ opening June 17, 2022, at Carnegie Stage 

What common threads do female rulers in history have with the women holding political or public positions in society today? Or has it always been an illusion of power? 

The damaged reputations and personal losses that women in power over the centuries have suffered in the past still affect their contemporary counterparts in women today who continue to fight for inclusion and acceptance in politics or the workplace. These women, past and present, have endured false accusations and character defamation in the press and social media, whose influence today is global due to the internet and television networks, controlled primarily by men.

           Arab American actor, director, and playwright Elizabeth Elias Huffman explores some of these issues while focusing on the forced displacement of women and children due to the current civil war in Syria. In her solo play Not My Revolution, she will be premiering her newest version at Carnegie Stages in Carnegie, PA, from June 17 through July 2. Originally born and raised in Monongahela, Ms. Huffman has returned to the area. She will make her Pittsburgh debut in this production after years of living and working as an international theatre artist on the West Coast.

In Not My Revolution, Ms. Huffman re-envisioned an existing solo play, French Gray, written in 1967 by Josef Bush, based on Marie Antoinette’s last hour before her execution. She was intrigued by its relevancy to our present time and inspired by French Gray. She created a new drama of two women caught in the crossfire of a vicious civil war, both losing their wealth, position, and eventually their family and home.

Marie Antoinette’s story is counterpointed with a modern woman embodied through a Syrian refugee known only as The Displaced Woman.

In the story, the play French Gray magically appears to The Displaced Woman, herself a formerly wealthy art dealer. She is now a refugee living in a rat-infested squat in Istanbul after being forced to leave Syria due to the breakout of civil war and her accidental involvement in a protest march. In reading the play to pass the time, she enters into Marie’s world, identifying herself with the flawed Queen of France and revealing to the audience her own harrowing experience with revolution.

You will discover a Marie Antoinette that will finally have her say about her part in the catastrophic events of The French Revolution. Her appearance to The Displaced Woman weaves together their parallel stories that will influence the Displaced Woman’s journey into the next phase of her life as a refugee.

Portland-based director Louanne Moldovan collaborated with Elizabeth Elias Huffman to create a dreamlike, often humorous, and powerfully moving multimedia production. 

Off The Wall Productions of Not My Revolution at Carnegie Stages in Carnegie opens on Friday, June 17 and runs through to July 2, 2022 . Paneled talkbacks with special guests are planned following the two Sunday matinees on June 19 & June 26 

For more information  https://www.insideoffthewall.com/not-my-revolution

For tickets: https://www.ticketor.com/carnegiestage/tickets/not-my-revolution-227442#buy



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