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Fit for a Queen

France’s notoriously out-of-touch, extravagant and ill-fated queen will come to life tonight in the regional premiere of Joel Gross’s Marie Antoinette: The Color of Flesh. The intimate, three-person production by Spark Theater imagines a love triangle between the cake-loving queen; her portrait painter, Madame le Brun; and a count named Alexis de Ligne as they live in a country on the verge of revolt. Complete with extravagant costumes fit for Versailles, the production will take audiences back to eighteenth-century France but will also reflect contemporary class issues.

“It’s not your stuffy, historical drama,” promises Spark’s Sean Mahoney. “It also tells a really compelling and actually contemporary story, as far as the difference in classes and exploitation.” Mahoney says one of the missions of Spark Theater is to spark a conversation after the show, and he thinks this play will inspire interesting discussions in this tense election season. “Mitt Romney is kind of like our version of Marie Antoinette,” says Mahoney playfully. “Rich, clueless, and completely unqualified to be in charge of people who don’t have the same things that he has. The parallels are just compelling.”

The production runs today through November 10 at Spark Theater, 985 Santa Fe Drive, with shows Thursday through Saturday evenings at 7:30 p.m. Tickets, $10 to $20, are available online at, and $5 rush tickets will be available at the door during Denver Arts Week, November 2 through 10.
Thursdays-Saturdays. Starts: Oct. 18. Continues through Nov. 10, 2012


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