Reeking of Indiscretion: Madame X's Allerton

Reeking of Indiscretion: Madame X's Allerton ... The Chicago Tribune’s Madame X, society doyenne Caroline Kirkland (1865-1930) declared Robert Allerton (1873–1964) Chicago’s most eligible bachelor in 1906. His personal relationship with Caroline Kirkland, both in high society and everyday life, and his intimate relationship with John Wyatt Gregg Allerton (1899-1986), his longtime companion, and adopted-as...
Reeking of Indiscretion: Madame X's Allerton ... The Chicago Tribune’s Madame X, society doyenne Caroline Kirkland (1865-1930) declared Robert Allerton (1873–1964) Chicago’s most eligible bachelor in 1906. His personal relationship with Caroline Kirkland, both in high society and everyday life, and his intimate relationship with John Wyatt Gregg Allerton (1899-1986), his longtime companion, and adopted-as-an-adult son, are best imagined by inventing what their correspondence might have been. Bridging two centuries, what words might have passed between these three brightly shining stars that helped shape the course of art, landscape architecture, the future of celebrity journalism and LGBTQ issues that were only imagined in the early 20th century. An epistolary play of historical truth and fiction for two men and one woman.
Staging
Like A. R. Gurney’s Love Letters, Madame X’s Allerton can be staged very simply, with the three actors sitting at three small writing tables where they simply read the script. Using projections of the news items, locations, and people in the stories would certainly enhance the storytelling but is not essential.

Cast: 2 Men 1 Woman

Robert Henry Allerton / Bob – reads his imagined letters to Caroline Kirkland / Madame X & John G.
Madame X / Caroline Kirkland / X – reads her imagined correspondence to Robert Allerton and feature stories about him
John Wyatt Gregg / John G. – reads imagined correspondence to Robert Allerton & Caroline Kirkland/Aunt Carrie

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New Title ... Reeking With Indiscretion: Madame X's Allerton Jan. 1, 2019

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Reeking of Indiscretion: Madame X's Allerton

Character Information

  • Caroline Kirkland / Madame X
    41-65, 1906 to 1930,
    Historically White
    ,
    Female
    Caroline Kirkland was the never married society columnist for the Chicago Tribune writing under the surname Madame X, born in 1865, died of a cerebral hemorrhage in 1930
  • Robert Henry Allerton
    32-56 from 1906-1930,
    Historically White
    ,
    Male
    Robert Allerton, 1874-1964, was heir to industrial fortune, artist, philanthropist, art collector, donated Allerton Park & Estate to the University of Illinois in 1946
  • John Wyatt Gregg
    22 - 30, 1922-1930 Born in 1899 died in 1986,
    Historically White
    ,
    Male
    John Wyatt Gregg Allerton, architect, met Robert Allerton in 1922 after being drafted then returning from War World I at a fraternity Father/Son luncheon at the University of Illinois. They develop a longtime companion / father-son relationship that lasts 42 years, and is adopted by Robert Allerton in 1959 when the law allowing adult adoption in Illinois is instituted. John Gregg is responsible for architectural design functions for both Allerton Park and National Tropical Botanic Garden (NTBG), Allerton Garden (Lawaii-Kai) in Hawaii.

Development History

  • Reading
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    Waukesha Civic Theatre, WIS 12/27/18 Full Reading with SharonSohner as MadameX, TomBriggs as JohnGregg, ptmc as RobertAllerton 91 minutes runtime
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    2018
  • Reading
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    Eastpoint Commons, Milwaukee, Wis 12/30/18 Full reading with Donna Lobacz as Madame X, Don Lobacz as John Gregg & ptmc as Robert Allerton 93 minute runtime
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    2018
  • Reading
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    Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT Redmill DiningRoom Presentation Series Nov 28, 2018 & Dec. 10, 2018 with Mary Clark as Madame X/Caroline Kirkland and ptmc as Robert Allerton & John Gregg
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    2018
  • Residency
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    Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT Development Residency for Madame X's Allerton
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    2018