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PLAY SYNOPSIS

France 1817. The French Revolution is over for all except one. Théroigne de Méricourt has stepped out of the revolution and into the asylum. Left unsupervised, she spends her final days crafting her life's great work, an opera about the revolution she never left behind. As the self-cast leading lady of her own imagination, Théroigne performs to an illusory audience and a standing ovation. 

ABOUT THE MADWOMAN

 

Written by Cara Johnston, THE MADWOMAN is inspired by true events!

Born Anne-Josèphe Terwagne in present-day Belgium, Théroigne de Méricourt was a failed opera singer, who travelled across Europe as a courtesan, settling in Paris just before the Bastille was stormed. She became swept up in the early stirrings of the revolution and became a  significant figure during the French Revolution for her activism in advocating for women's rights and her participation in revolutionary events. She was sent to La Salpêtrière Hospital in 1807, where she spent the final decade of her life, intermittently lucid and speaking constantly about the revolution. She died on 8 June 1817. 

“See Théroigne, by blood and fire enraged,

Hounding a shoeless rabble to the fray,

Who plays herself on a flaming stage,

As she climbs, sword in hand, the royal stairway.”

- Charles Baudelaire

from SISINA, published in 1859

THE MADWOMAN debuted at Paradise Green The Vault in Edinburgh, Scotland at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, August 4-28 2022.

FEATURING

Cara Johnston

 

WRITTEN AND DIRECTED BY

Cara Johnston

PRODUCTION DESIGNER

Courtney Miles

COSTUMES BY

 Jerry Miles

 

WIGS BY

Courtney Miles

 

SET PAINTING

Courtney Miles

THE ARTISTS

The Miles Sisters would like to additionally thank the following people:

Frank Del Corral, Jennifer Vosters, Ejay

 

A SPECIAL THANK YOU

TO EVERYONE WHO BOUGHT US COFFEE IN EDINBURGH:

 

Frank Del Corral 

Taylor Brzezinski

Emily Biano

Amanda Erickson

Dustin Johnston

Kate Mefford

Jen "Fox" Williams

Rachel Moran

Jan Van Gilder

Jessica Bell Odden

Nicole Dollar

Alishia Salmon

Emily Elliott

Amanda Nugent

Nicole Blankenship

Shawna Moser

Amanda Page Walker

Melissa Vasilie

Jenni Wilson

Danielle Barrera

Lauren M

Courtenay Paris

Anastasia Skliarova

Mary McElree

Amy Ogle

Nick Carter

Alicia Laux

Kirsty Halliday

Nina Kee

Priscilla Trevino

Erik Glissman

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