The Madwoman of Chaillot
by Jean Giraudoux
Directed by Jane Nichols
Preview: February 21, 2018
Opening: February 22, 2018
February 22-25 & 28 - March 4, 2018
Wednesday–Saturday at 7:30 PM and Sundays at 2:00 PM
A poetic satire, The Madwoman of Chaillot is the story of an eccentric woman who lives in Paris and her struggles against the straitlaced authority figures in her life.
“How can you bear to live in a world where there is unhappiness?“ asks the Madwoman.
She can’t. So she devises before our eyes strategies to rid the world of all the thieves of happiness. Figurative thieves - age, unrequited love, death, fear - get as much playing time in this brilliant mash-up of reality and fantasy, comedy and tragedy as the literal stock in trade thieves - self-serving politicians, greedy bankers, desperate hangers-on, a villainous prospector willing to murder anyone obstructing his path to profit - and oil!
“Civilization gets in our way all the time”, he bemoans. That civilization, comprised of vagabonds, street singers, ragpickers, waitresses and jugglers, sewer cleaners, and deluded old ladies ultimately rids this make-believe universe of its villains, landing us squarely in the lap of shameless love. And delight. But not without a lasting trace of melancholy. And a final cautionary note: “Hurry, before it’s too late!”
Search for Meaning discounted ticket: $5
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