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Our Spring 2012 Production

The Madwoman of Chaillot

By Jean Giraudox

Adapted by Maurice Valency

Directed by Al Ross

Comedy

Performance Dates:
May 11-13; 17-19, 2012
7:30 PM
(Sunday afternoon Matinee: 2:00 PM)

The cast

Jody Steinke
"Countess Aurelia"

Susan Edgren
"Constance"

Robyn Norton
"Gabrielle"

Cory Shaw
"Josephine"

       

Benjamin Holberg
"The President"

David Edgren
The Broker"

John Young
"The Prospector"

George "Bud" Barton
"The Little Man"

       

Deb Cleworth
"The Baronness"

Christine Sullivan
"The Street Singer

Elizabeth Macomber
"The Mime"

Joy Meyers
"Paulette"

       
Linda Garski

Jordan Haumschild
"The Waiter"

Mike Edgren
"The Sewerman"

Kyle Ulrich
"The Ragpicker"

Don Matthews
"The Sargeant"
       
Colton Janz
"The Policeman"
Doug Jenkin
"The Doorman"

"Ricky D" Durrant
"Dr. Jadin"

Travis Slattery
"Pierre"

       
  Chuck Huhnke
Tara Barrett
"Irma"
 

Al Ross
Artistic Director

Jenni Guggenheimer
Stage Manager

THE STORY: The play is a kind of poetic and comic fable set in the twilight zone of the not-quite-true. At the Cafe Chez Francis, a group of promoters plot to tear up Paris in order to unearth the oil which a prospector believes he has located in the neighborhood. These grandiose plans come to the attention of The Madwoman of Chaillot who is ostensibly not normal in her mind but who is soon shown to be the very essence of practical worldly goodness and common sense. She sees through the crookedness of the prospector and insists that the world is being turned into an unhappy place by the thieves and those who are greedy for worldly goods and power. At a tea party attended by other "mad" women of Paris, she has brought together representatives of the despoilers of the earth and wreckers of its happiness, and has them tried and condemned to extermination. In a scene which mounts into the realms of high poetic comedy, she sends the culprits one by one, lured by the scent of oil and undreamed-of riches, into a bottomless pit which opens out of her cellar. The exodus of the wicked is accompanied by another and more beautiful miracle: Joy, justice and love return to the world again.

Gilbert and Jaylee Mead Auditorium
Rapids Mall
220 3rd Ave. S.
Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54495

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