The Bloomfield High School Thespian Society presents its Fall play, The Madwoman of Chaillot, produced and directed by Brandon E. Doemling. ‘Madwoman’ is a social satire written by French playwright Jean Giraudoux. Three shows are scheduled November 21, 22 and 23 at 7pm at the Bloomfield High School auditorium.
The play is set in the Chaillot district of Paris where a group of corrupt corporate executives are meeting on a plan to dig up Paris to get at the oil which they believe lies beneath its streets. Their nefarious scheme comes to the attention of Countess Aurelia, the benignly eccentric madwoman of the title. She is an aging idealist who sees the world as happy and beautiful. However, she soon realizes that the world might well be ruined by these evil men who seek only wealth and power.
“With close to 20 featured roles, this is a great play for giving our young thespians a chance to develop and showcase their talents,” says director Brandon E, Doemling. “Plus, despite being first performed almost 75 years ago, the issues and conflicts in the story resonate in our world today. The tension between preserving a living environment and the interests of business is very contemporary.”
A cast of 25 students will perform. Members of the creative and production team are Ralph Turano, Set Design; Nicholas Von Hagel, Lighting Design; Katherine Martinez, Costume Design; Bret Petrick; Props.
Jean Giraudoux’s The Madwoman of Chaillot will be performed at Bloomfield High School auditorium, 160 Broad Street in Bloomfield. Show dates and times are Thursday, November 21 at 7:00 pm; Friday, November 22 at 7:00 pm; and Saturday, November 23 at 7:00 pm. General admission tickets are $10.00 at the door or at the BHS main office (phone 973-680-8600).