Interview With Lisel Gorell-Getz: Marie Antoinette
MOXIE favorite Lisel Gorell-Getz stars as Marie Antoinette in Lauren Gunderson’s The Revolutionists. Whether or not she said the bit about the cake, Marie is certainly the most famous of the historical characters in the play. Lisel answered some questions for assistant director Callie Prendiville about her role:
Callie: What is your favorite thing about Marie?
Lisel: I love how childlike and enthusiastic and earnest Marie is. And I love how Lauren Gunderson has created a character who defies our historical expectation of her. Lauren’s Marie is clever and smart and funny and caring and incredibly loyal — who also happens to be the ex-Queen of France. What a dream to play this part!
Callie: What’s the most interesting or unexpected thing you’ve discovered about this time period?
Lisel: I am so happy to know that Olympe was a real person. What I learned in history class about this time period completely glossed over the role of women during this incredibly dangerous and dynamic time. Knowing that there was a feminist leader who consistently put her words into action (and lost her life in the process) is an incredible testament to the resilience and strength of women in history.
Callie: What is your biggest challenge in this piece?
Lisel: One of the challenges of this piece is balancing the truth with the incredible humor that Lauren Gunderson writes for us. Like life, this play is alternately tragic and hilarious and finding that sweet spot between the two has been lovely and exhilarating to explore.
Callie: Why does San Diego need this play now?
Lisel: San Diego audiences need to hear about these women to recognize the role that inspiring women can take in a society in turmoil. Who among us today is brave enough to make sure our story is told and our voices are heard?
Check out The Revolutionists playing at MOXIE through June 25!