The Mad Scene

On a night in 1793, Marie Grosholtz (known in later life as Madame Tussaud) searches a Paris cemetery until she finds the freshly guillotined head of Queen Marie Antoinette. She uses the head to make a plaster cast of the queen’s face. While the plaster is setting, the young sculptress and the decapitated queen engage in a conversation. Marie Grosholtz takes the cast to her workshop, where she makes a wax...
On a night in 1793, Marie Grosholtz (known in later life as Madame Tussaud) searches a Paris cemetery until she finds the freshly guillotined head of Queen Marie Antoinette. She uses the head to make a plaster cast of the queen’s face. While the plaster is setting, the young sculptress and the decapitated queen engage in a conversation. Marie Grosholtz takes the cast to her workshop, where she makes a wax sculpture of the queen, adding it to an exhibit that already includes the firebrand journalist Jean-Paul Marat and his assassin, Charlotte Corday; they will soon be joined by the revolutionary zealot Maximilien Robespierre. As the Reign of Terror rages around them, the wax figures come to life and argue among themselves and with their creator about revolution, freedom, tyranny, power, history, personhood, and other themes as vital today as they were in Revolutionary Paris. By the end of the play, the figures have become something more than mere hallucinations in the mind of their creator.
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The Mad Scene

Development History

  • Workshop
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    Yorick Theatre Company, Ridiculous Theatrical Company, Theatre St. John's
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    2021