Events by EventfulThe Insanity of Mary Girard
Theatre Louisiane Inc PresentsTHE INSANITY OF MARY GIRARD: A DREAM IN ONE ACTWritten by Lanie RobertsonDirected by Matt Story Assistant Directed by Monica R. HarrisTo be performed at The Shadowbox Theatre @ 2400 St. Claude AveJan. 18 – Feb 3 @ 7:30 p.m. every Fri-Sat-Sun
Opening night is FRIDAY, JANUARY 18TH @ 7:30 p.m. Opening Weekend (Jan 18/19/20) is *$2 for $25* for both online and door sales
"The Devil is not as black as he is painted." -― Dante Alighieri, The Divine Comedy
Mr. Stephen Girard (1750-1831):
Banker. Mariner and Merchant Mogul. College Founder. Philanthropist. Primary Financier for the War of 1812 with a historical collections museum erected in his honor.
A Frenchman by birth and naturalized in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania who, before the turn of the 18th century, became one of the wealthiest men in the United States of America. To quote Stephen Girard as being 'a man of power' would prove a severe understatement. However, despite his high profile, much remains unknown about the life of his spouse, Mrs. Mary Girard.
All the more shrouded in speculation and myth is her being admitted into Pennsylvania Hospital in 1790 by Mr. Girard himself.
Do you dare wade your way through the murky waters of this woman's journey for whom history books hold no volumes and whose fate was irrevocably sealed? Was Mary Girard truly mad, or did her husband merely exercise his ability to possess–quite literally–everything money can buy?
Matt Story rings in the new year with THE INSANITY OF MARY GIRARD: A DREAM IN ONE ACT as his directorial debut in collaboration with Theatre Louisiane, Inc and a collective of independent theatre artists and designers determined to unveil a subterranean, subconsciously spooky world unlike New Orleans audiences have ever seen! Learn the depths of stigma and ill-practice surrounding mental illness in the 18th century, the deceptions of memory and imagination, and the will of the human spirit to overcome, even before the gaping mouth of Hell itself.