The Madwoman of Chaillot comes to Fairfield High School on April 28, 29, and 30!
Oh, no! Four money-grubbing businessmen discover a huge deposit of oil underneath Paris. They conspire to raze the beautiful old city and cover it with oil derricks and drills, destroying everyone and everything in their path! Who can stop them? Countess Aurelia, her three mad friends, a ragpicker, and a band of vagabonds put the men on trial in Aurelia's cellar in absentia and condemn them to the fate they deserve. Don’t worry . . . it’s all legal! They summoned the defendants (mentally) and appointed the first passerby as counsel for the defense.
“The Madwoman of Chaillot by Jean Giraudoux has been called a fantasy, a farce, and a fable,” director Betsie Wotherspoon reported. “Set in the ‘Spring of next year’, it is a quirky story of the triumph of good over evil.” Phoenix Haessler portrays the unconventional Countess Aurelia who determines to rid the world of wickedness. She is joined by eccentric friends Mme. Constance (Gwen Kermott), Mlle. Gabrielle (Harper Fiske), and Mme. Josephine (Lilu Papp).
Playing the unscrupulous men are David Wallingford (The President), Dewayne Barnes (The Baron), Lane Yates (The Broker), and Gunnar Mattson (The Prospector). Pierre, a young man unwillingly entangled in the oil scheme, is played by Zaya Garner. Dallas Carlson portrays The Police Sergeant and Alex Helmick has dual roles: The Doorman and The Sewerman.Those employed by the countess in her cafe are Irma and Martial (Rachel Funkhouser and Mira Pappin). Joining the madwomen on the side of justice are a band of vagabonds led by The Ragpicker (Matthew McLain). He is assisted by The Deaf-Mime (Michael Hunt), Dr. Jadin (James Trent), and The Street Singer / Peddler (Alex Holden). Playing dual roles are Lilu Papp and Harper Fiske as the Gullible Young Women, and Gwen Kermott as a Street Singer.
Abyni Garner serves as Stage Manager. The production crew includes Ben Anderson, JJ Funkhouser, Brenden Pool, Shealyn Thompson. Staff members Jim Edgeton, John Grunwald, and Noel Wotherspoon lend their technical expertise to the production.
The public is welcome to attend the performances on Friday, April 28 and Saturday, April 29 at 7:30 PM. There will also be a 2:00 matinee on Sunday, April 30. Tickets will be sold at the door; the box office opens at 7:00 for evening performances and 1:30 for the matinee. Admission is $5.00 for general seating.