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Theatre stages 'Madwoman of Chaillot'

October 28, 2011 12:00AM

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Kristy Magee (Countess Aurelia) and Ceyeli Corbett (Mademoiselle Gabrielle) visit in the countess's cellar.

The Pittsburg State University Theatre will transform Memorial Auditorium into 1940s' Paris for its production of "The Madwoman of Chaillot," which runs Oct. 27-29. The performances begin at 8 p.m. each night.

"The Madwoman of Chaillot," by Jean Giraudoux and directed by Gil Cooper, is a satire that simultaneously pokes fun at the nature of greed while challenging its audience members to reconsider what we deem ethical in today's society.

In the play, a group of Paris businessmen believe that a fortune in oil lies beneath the city. To get at the oil, the businessmen plot the eradication of the city and its citizens. The evil plot comes to the attention of Countess Aurelia, who leads a rag-tag band to protect the city and all things beautiful.

In 1969, Kathryn Hepburn, Yul Brynner and Richard Chamberlain starred in a film adaptation of the play. A musical version of the play, starring Angela Lansbury, opened that same year on Broadway.

The PSU production of  "The Madwoman of Chaillot" features a cast of more than 30 performers, which makes the work of costume designer Lisa Quinteros and set designer Doug Bennett especially impressive.

Tickets for the performance are $10 for the general public and $6 for persons under 17 or over 65. PSU students, faculty and staff are admitted free with a valid PSU ID. To purchase tickets, call the PSU Ticket Office at 620-235-4796 or visit the Ticket Office in the Overman Student Center. Tickets, if available, may be purchased at the door approximately 30 minutes before each performance.

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