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May 11 – June 2

Madame Defarge (World Premiere)

New Musical inspired by Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities

By Wendy Kesselman  |  Directed by Ellie Heyman

A passionate re-imagining of Charles Dickens’ infamous female icon, from A Tale of Two Cities, illuminates this new musical by Wendy Kesselman (The Diary of Anne Frank, My Sister in This House, The Black Monk). This is the untold story of Madame Defarge, the woman whose revenge sparked a revolution.

Against the turmoil of the French Revolution, two men similar in face but separate in fate weave a story of sacrifice and salvation all driven by Madame Thérèse Defarge battling oppression with longings for love, freedom, justice, and revenge. C’était le meilleur des temps, c’était le pire des temps…

With the breakthrough director, Ellie Heyman leading the charge – Madame Defarge runs May 11 through June 2nd at Gloucester Stage. Performances are Wednesday through Saturday at 7:30pm and Saturday and Sunday at 2:00pm.




Therese Defarge – Jennifer Ellis*
Sydney Carton – Jason Michael Evans*
Doctor Manette – Rob Karma Robinson*
Lucie Manette – Sabrina Koss
Charles Darnay – Matthew Amira*
Ernest Defarge / Attorney General – Benjamin Evett*
Monsieur Le Marquis / Barsad – John Hillner*
Miss Pross / Guard – Wendy Waring*
Mr. Lorry / Stryver / Gabelle / Skeletal Man / President – John Shuman*
Little Lucie / Street Urchin / Young Girl – Marissa Simeqi
*denotes Actors Equity


Writer/Lyricist – Wendy Kesselman
Director – Ellie Heyman
Music Director/Piano – Mindy Cimini
Clarinet – Stephen Bates
Cello – Anna Seda
Arrangements – Christopher Berg
Scenic Design – James Fluhr
Lighting Design – Mary Ellen Stebbins
Costume Design – Chelsea Perl
Props Design – Jenna Worden*
Sound Op – Coty Markee Culbreth
Stage Manager – Marsha Smith*
Asst. Stage Manager – Samantha Layco*
Asst. Stage Manager – Nicole Kutcher*
Asst. Director (Apprentice) – Scott Caron

*denotes Actors Equity


Madame Defarge is a World Premiere presented under special arrangement with writer Wendy Kesselman, and representing agency, Creative Arts Agency.