Source: Chelsey Eimer, 785-532-6878, cbeimer@k-state.edu
Hometown connection: Derby, Edgerton, Hutchinson, Kansas City, Manhattan, Overland Park, Salina, Topeka, Ulysses and Wichita, Kan.; Anchorage, Alaska; and Kansas City, Mo.
News release prepared by: Rosie Hoefling, 785-532-2535, media@k-state.edu

Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2012

Greed meets its match in university theater production of 'The Madwoman of Chaillot'

MANHATTAN -- A satiric fable of good triumphing over evil and beauty over destruction will kick off the spring semester presentations by the Kansas State University theater program.

K-State Theatre will present "The Madwoman of Chaillot" at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 2-4 and Feb. 9-11, with a matinee performance at 2:30 p.m. Feb. 12. All performances are in Nichols Theater.

Written in 1943 by Jean Giraudoux, "The Madwoman of Chaillot" follows the Prospector, the President and the Baron of Paris as they make plans to dig up the city in order to reap the benefits of the city's oil. When Countess Aurelia hears of their plans, she teams up with her fellow outcasts to stop them. In this tale, the aging idealist battles it out with the crooked executives to preserve her world.

The K-State production is directed by Kate Anderson, associate professor of theater, and lighting design is by John Uthoff, associate professor of theater.

Tickets cost $8 to $14, with a variety of discounts available for university students, faculty and staff, seniors and military families. They can be purchased at the McCain Auditorium box office from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. or by calling 785-532-6428 during box office hours. Tickets also may be purchased at the Little Theater box office in the K-State Student Union from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday through Friday. Groups of 10 or more may receive a discount rate. For more information or assistance in planning a theater party, contact Marci Maullar at 785-532-6878.

K-State students in the cast or crew for "The Madwoman of Chaillot" include:

James Sherwood, junior in business administration, Derby, as the Prospector; Hannah Miller, freshman in theater, Edgerton, as the Broker.

From Greater Kansas City: Abbey Briscoe, senior in theater, Kansas City, Kan., as Gabrielle; Jessica Thomas, graduate student in theater, Kansas City, Mo., scenic design; and Elise Poehling, freshman in music and theater, Overland Park, as theMadwoman of Chaillot.

Charles Johnston, non-degree graduate student in teaching and learning, Hutchinson, as the One-Man Band.

From Manhattan: Bella Alonso, sophomore in theater, as Irma; Audrey Artis, sophomore in theater, as the Baron; and Ryan Bruce, graduate student in English, costume design.

Joey Boos, sophomore in theater, as Constance, and Devan Castle, sophomore in theater, sound design, both from Salina; Erika Williams, junior in theater, Topeka, as Josephine; Mathew Ellis, junior in journalism and mass communications, Ulysses, as the rag picker; and Jacob Belden, senior in physics, as the Waiter, andSpencer Rotolo-Utz, freshman in theater,as Pierre, both from Wichita.

From out of state: J.C. Joson, freshman in theater, Anchorage, Alaska, as the sergeant.