NACOGDOCHES, TEXAS - The Stephen F. Austin State University School of Theatre will host post-show informal discussions following the Thursday and Friday, Nov. 15 and 16, performances of "The Madwoman of Chaillot."
"The Madwoman of Chaillot" is set in the present, but the culture and lifestyle of 1940s Paris is incorporated into the production in a unique blending of yesterday and today to tell the tale of a motley band of "vagabonds" - the titular "Madwoman" and her friends - who attempt to thwart a plot by greedy industrialists and insensitive bureaucrats in Nazi-occupied France, according to Rick Jones, SFA professor of theatre and the play's director.
The idea behind the post-show production responses is to call on colleagues with specific, relevant expertise to talk about the play with an emphasis on the dramatic text and its implications, Jones said.
Thursday night's panelists are Drs. Anne and Owen Smith, both of whom are associate professors of philosophy in the SFA Division of Multidisciplinary Programs, and Emily Gibson, one of the dramaturgs (researcher) for the play. Friday night's panelists are Dr. Robert Allen, associate professor of history, and Dr. Lee Payne, assistant professor of government, along with Emily Robbins, another of the play's dramaturgs. Jones will moderate the discussion both nights.
The Mainstage Series production opened Tuesday night with performances continuing at 7:30 p.m. each night through Saturday, Nov. 17, in W.M. Turner Auditorium in the Griffith Fine Arts Building on the SFA campus.
Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for seniors and students. For tickets or more information, visit www.finearts.sfasu.edu or call (936) 486-6407.