At the Cafe Chez Francis, a group of promoters plot to tear up Paris in order to unearth the oil which a prospector believes he has located in the neighborhood. These grandiose plans come to the attention of The Madwoman of Chaillot. She sees through the crookedness of the prospector and insists that the world is being turned into an unhappy place by the thieves and those who are greedy for worldly goods and power. At a tea party attended by other "mad" women of Paris, she has brought together representatives of the despoilers of the earth and wreckers of its happiness, and has them tried and condemned to extermination. In a scene which mounts into the realms of high poetic comedy, she sends the culprits one by one, lured by the scent of oil and undreamed-of riches, into a bottomless pit which opens out of her cellar.
Santa Monica Rep brings their popular play reading series back to The Edye for a second year. Now in their seventh year of presenting play readings to the community, SM Rep Reads provides audiences an opportunity to engage in a direct and on-going conversation about relevant and enduring themes.
Santa Monica Rep Reads made possible in part by generous gifts from James & Laura Maslon, and the Attias Family Foundation.