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The Madwoman of Chaillot Opens At Loyola University New Orleans

Loyola press release - April 8, 2002

(New Orleans)A unique and intriguing comedy-drama will be the second spring production of the Loyola Department of Drama and Speech. The Madwoman of Chaillot by Jean Giraudoux will run in Marquette Theatre on April 12 through 20. It will be directed by Perry Martin.

First presented in 1948 The Madwoman of Chaillot is a fanciful tale of the discovery of oil beneath the streets of Paris. When the politicians try to use knowledge of this event to pursue their own selfish goals, they meet with resistance from some outraged citizens. "The play operates on multiple levels of allegory and satire," said Martin. "Since the story itself is very theatrical, we've deliberately avoided specifying a time period in order to favor a stylized approach."

"The theme of politicians placing their interests against those of the people is universal and timeless," added Georgia Gresham, chair of the department, "and with a cast of over thirty actors, this production really gives a large number of our students a chance to expand their ranges."

The Madwoman of Chaillot will play in Marquette Theatre, 6363 St. Charles on April 12, 13, 18, 19, 20 at 8 p.m. and on April 14 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 general admission, $7 for students and seniors. Group discounts are available. For more information, call 865-3824.