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Next up: "The Madwoman of Chaillot" — eccentricity vs. evil

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Madwoman of Chaillot
Rehearsal for "The Madwoman of Chaillot." (Augustana Photo Bureau/Michael Smiles '18)

Augustana College will present "The Madwoman of Chaillot," a play about the struggle against evil men who seek only wealth and power.

The play is set in the Chaillot district of Paris, where Countess Aurelia, the harmless "madwoman" sees the world as happy and beautiful until learning about plans to ruin Paris to drill for oil. She gets the help of her fellow outcasts and madwomen in her fight.

Shows are at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 13, 14, 20, 21, and at 1:30 p.m. Oct. 15, 22 in the Brunner Theatre.

The New York Drama Critics' Circle hailed an early production as "pure gold, with no base metal" and having "an enveloping and irresistible humor."

The play by French dramatist Jean Giraudoux was written in 1943 and first performed in 1945. Directed by Augustana Professor of Theatre Arts Jeff Coussens.

See the complete schedule of this year's theatre season.

Symphony Orchestra tour Nov. 3-4

For the first time in its history, the Augustana Symphony Orchestra will take its act on the road, performing concerts in the Chicago area Nov. 3 and 4.

Concerts and receptions

A reception will be held after each performance.

Friday, Nov. 3, at 7 p.m. Messiah Lutheran Church, 25225 West Ivanhoe Road, Wauconda, Ill.

Saturday, Nov. 4, 7 p.m. Wicker Park Lutheran Church, 1502 North Hoyne Ave., Chicago

“Both the band and choir programs here have a long history of touring,” said Dr. Daniel Chetel, an assistant professor of music and Augustana’s director of orchestral activities. “There’s a really strong touring history going back 50, 60, 70 years, and I’m excited for the orchestra to join in on that.”

The orchestra's first tour also is an opportunity to share its work with Chicago-area prospective students and families, and with alumni.

The first tour concert at Messiah Lutheran Church in Wauconda will be a joint performance with the Lake Zurich High School Orchestra and Palatine High School Orchestra — both of whose directors are Augustana alumni: Nathan Sackschewsky ’06 at Lake Zurich, and Dung Pham ’94 at Palatine.

During the day, the Augustana Symphony Orchestra will work with the high school programs before all three combine for the evening’s performance.

Read more about the tour.

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