‘The Madwoman of Chaillot’ at ASU
An eccentric countess is on a quest to rid the world of all evil and corruption.
On the contrary, she fills a theater with laughs aplenty in Appalachian State University’s production of Jean Giraudoux’s timeless comedy, “The Madwoman of Chaillot.”
The comedy will be presented April 24 to 28 by ASU’s Department of Theatre Dance in Valborg Theatre on campus.
When a greedy prospector and his cohorts discover oil beneath a cafe in Paris and plan to destroy the city – and anyone who gets in their way – to get the precious substance, it is up to Countess Aurelia and her band of colorful misfits to stop them. Written during the Nazi Occupation of Paris during World War II, “The Madwoman of Chaillot” is a timeless allegory about the extraordinary things that can be accomplished when the “vagabonds” of the world unite and stand up for what they believe.
Theater professor Teresa Lee directs the play. With the economy today still suffering from the damages of Ponzi schemes and corporate greed, the imminent threats to arts, culture and the environment – including heated debates over drilling and oil pipelines – Lee said, “In my lifetime, I cannot think of a more relevant time for this play to be done.”
Working alongside Lee is a design team made up of Appalachian theater faculty members, including Mike Helms as set designer, John Marty as lighting designer, Sue Williams as costume designer and student Melanie Miller designing sound.
This team has worked together to bring the fantasy world of this comedy to life. Lee’s visual inspiration was partly founded in Vincente Minnelli’s critically acclaimed 1951 movie classic, “An American in Paris.”
Show times are 7:30 p.m. April 24 to 27, with a matinee performance at 2 p.m. April 28. Ticket prices start at $8 for Appalachian students. For more information, visit http://www.theatre.appstate.edu, or call the box office at (828) 262-3063.
Valborg Theatre is located on the north side of Chapell Wilson Hall on Howard Street. The door faces the back of the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts on King Street. Parking is available on campus in faculty lots after 5 p.m. and in the College Street parking deck near Belk Library and Information Commons after 5:30 p.m.