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This Weekend! TA Drama Club Presents “The Insanity of Mary Girard”

After a two-year interruption, TA students are returning to the Vermont One Act Play Festival! The Drama Club’s two live performances of “The Insanity of Mary Girard,” by Lanie Robertson are THIS FRIDAY, March 25 at 7:00 p.m. and again on Wednesday, March 30 at 7:00 p.m. Both performances are open to the public, admission is by donation. After each show, the cast and crew will welcome feedback to help polish their production before heading to the festival.

“The Insanity of Mary Girard” is a dramatic re-creation of the real-life story of the wife of the famous Philadelphian philanthropist, Stephen Girard (he personally saved the U.S. government from financial collapse during the War of 1812).  Girard committed his wife, Mary, to a Pennsylvania hospital as an incurable lunatic in 1790, where she spent the last 25 years of her life. 

The play centers primarily on Mary’s time in the hospital, as told by her and a “greek chorus” of FURIES who swirl around her and help reveal the path that led her to be placed there. How did she get here? Why has her husband not come to have her released? Is it all a mistake, or is she truly insane?  

You won’t want to miss this exciting performance. Questions? Contact Ray Chapin at [email protected]. Hope to see you there!



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