THE INSANITY OF MARY GIRARD
by Lanie Robertson
A TheatreXpress Student Production
In 1790, Mary Girard, the wife of Stephen Girard (noted businessman from Philadelphia), wakes to find herself in a mental asylum. Having been found pregnant, presumably from another man, she is declared legally insane by her husband. As her imprisonment progresses, we learn the fate of Mary and her baby, as a Greek chorus of "furies" impersonate people from Mary’s life. By the end of this haunting and highly theatrical piece, she has grown rather convincingly into her diagnosis, while we are left to wrestle with the root causes of her insanity.
Viewer discretion advised: may contain mature subject matter and language.