September 19–22, 2019
In 1790, the wife of noted Philadelphian Stephen Girard awoke to find herself in the mental asylum at The Pennsylvania Hospital. How did she get here? Why has her husband not come to have her released? Is it all a mistake, or is she truly insane? Join us on the inside where we find out more as the tale unfolds.
$25 / 80 minutes
Sarah Heddins plays Mary Girard in this immersive, thought provoking, and fascinating historical drama about the roles that men and women were expected to play in early American society, and just what can happen when you don’t live up to the expectations of your station. The play centers primarily on Mary’s time in the Pennsylvania Hospital, as told by her and a “greek chorus” of inmates, who help her see clearly the path that lead her to be placed in there with them. This story is based on a letter Stephen Girard wrote to his brother in 1787 where he lamented about,
“Having been so foolish as to marry this unfortunate vixen… I treat her properly but at the same time I despise her as much as it is possible to despise anyone… I hate her like the devil and note with pleasure that this feeling increases from day to day.”
A powerhouse of actors in this ensemble cast bring the story to life as it is presented in the round, in an intimate theater space. Join us in the basement of the Pennsylvania Hospital as we learn more about Mary and those closest to her, and what led to the tragic fate of Mrs. Stephen Girard.
Written by Lanie Robertson Directed by Mariangela Saavedra Starring Neena Boyle, Jim Broyles, Sarah Heddins, Jessica McDonald, Willam McHattie, Teresa Nutter, Sarah Palmatory, Browning Sterner, and Sean Vermeire
For over sixty-three years, Allens Lane Theater has produced purposeful, challenging, and unique theater experiences centered around contemporary human issues which reflect the diversity and complexity of our community. We present the best in contemporary theater in a unique cabaret atmosphere. An intimate space guarantees that no one is far from the stage. Our patrons also are treated to extended time in the theater prior to each performance to enjoy the company of their neighbors and fellow theater patrons, while they savor BYOB picnic dinners and are seated a cabaret tables. This is a theater experience you won’t find anywhere else in the city!