Jean Giraudoux; trans: Maurice Valency; dir: Stephanie Shroyer.
"The Madwoman Of Chaillot" was written by Jean Giraudoux in 1943, during the Nazi occupation of France. After finishing it, he laid it aside, refusing to allow it to be performed during the occupation. Louis Jouvet presented the play in a free France at the Theatre de l'Athenee in 1945, after the death of Giraudoux in February of that same year. The Madwoman was Giraudoux's last play, arguably his masterpiece.