Shakespeare for Everyone


by Jean Giraudoux • directed by Joseph Small • May 5, 2002
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 Jean Hyppolite Giraudoux (1882-1944) was born in Bellac and educated at the École Normale Supérieure in Paris, the University of Munich, and Harvard University. In 1910 he entered the French Foreign Service.  He became director of information of France in 1929 and briefly held a similar post under the government of Marshal Henri Philippe Pétain, the so-called Vichy regime. His witty, originally expressed works in an impressionistic style helped free French theatre from the restrictions of realism.  Giraudoux first won literary acclaim for several novels that appeared shortly after World War I, including My Friend from Limousin (1922) and Eglantine (1927). These were followed by such internationally successful plays as Siegfried (1928), Amphitryon 38 (1929), Intermezzo (1933), Tiger at the Gates (1935), Électre (1937), and Ondine (1939). Many of these were modern treatments of ancient Greek stories. In 1943 he completed his last play, the satirical La folle de Chaillot, produced posthumously in 1945 and produced in the U.S. in 1947 as The Madwoman of Chaillot. A novel, La menteuse, was discovered in 1968 and published in English as The Lying Woman in 1972.  The Apollo of Bellac was written in 1942.



The Street Singer

Paul Obedzinski


Bev Lacy

The Clerk

Joe Caliguire*


Soraya Butler*

The Man from Bellac

Ben Patch

The Vice-Président

Ed Borish*

Mr. Lepédura

Michael Gnat*

Mr. Rasemutte

Paul Obedzinski

Mr. Schultz

Roger Stude

The Président

Alvin Hippolyte


Nicole Potter*

The Chairman of the Board

John Jimerson*

*Member of Actors' Equity Association (AEA)
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