France 1817. The French Revolution is over for all except one. Théroigne de Méricourt has stepped out of the revolution and into the asylum. Left unsupervised, she spends her final days crafting her life's great work, an opera about the revolution she never left behind. As the self-cast leading lady of her own imagination, Théroigne performs to an illusory audience and a standing ovation.
“See Théroigne, by blood and fire enraged,
Hounding a shoeless rabble to the fray,
Who plays herself on a flaming stage,
As she climbs, sword in hand, the royal stairway.”
- Charles Baudelaire
from SISINA, published in 1859
THE MADWOMAN at Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Aug 5-27, 2023
Written, Directed, Performed by Cara Johnston
Set and Costume Design by Courtney Miles
Photos by Photogreyjay
Courtney and Cara have been creating art together their entire lives. After years of collaborating on each other's projects, they decided to start their own production company. Their inaugural play, THE LITTLE GLASS SLIPPER AS PERFORMED BY THE QUEEN OF FRANCE AND HER FRIENDS, debuted at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2021. www.glassslippershow.com
5 STARS FringeBiscuit
5 STARS Corr Blimey
5 STARS West End Best Friend
4 STARS Gonzo Magazine
4 STARS Lou Reviews
4 STARS Lothian Life
4 STARS Lost in Theatre
4 STARS Edinburgh Guide
"One of the best endings I’ve ever seen in a play"
- Tony Frame, GONZO MAGAZINE
"One of the best shows at EdFringe ever! We will fight anyone who says otherwise."
PRODUCER | PRODUCTION DESIGNER
Courtney is an artist with works ranging from large outdoor installations to custom murals and paintings in private luxury homes and educational institutions. She has taught art at both the college and high school levels. She received her BFA from Texas Christian University and MFA from the University of Dallas. Her favorite art is when she collaborates with her sister, Cara. Courtney lives in Dallas with her husband, Rick, and twins, Edie and Clyde.
PRODUCER | PLAYWRIGHT | PERFORMER
Born and raised in Dallas, Texas, Cara is an actor, playwright, and history lover. She is currently based in Milwaukee, WI where she lives with her husband and pet rabbit. Her favorite art is when she collaborates with her sister, Courtney.