The play The War of Blanche Maupas, by Jean-Paul Alègre, tells the true story of Blanche and Théophile Maupas, both teachers in a small village in Normandy. Théo was mobilized in August 1914. Two months later he was sent to the Champagne Front. In March 1915, after several days of extremely intense fighting, the men were exhausted and demoralized. They refused to respond to a new order to attack. To reestablish discipline, General Réveilhac ordered a military tribunal to be held. Chosen at random, four corporals, including Théophile Maupas, were condemned to death and executed the next day.
Blanche did not find out the news until nine days later. Then began for her a battle that would last nearly twenty years, that of clearing Théo’s name and the names of his three comrades.
2019 French Cultures Festival official event.
This event was supported by a grant from the French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs.
This event was awarded the Centenary Certification by the Mission Centenaire.
Set: Josselin Legeay, Christian Fitsch-Mouras
Props: Charline Fowler
Stage crew: David Fouchard, Julie Obecanov
Make-up: Ines Muñoz, Olimpia Petzold, Bérangère Ferrari
Lighting: Steve Hari
Sound: Florence Vitel
Surtitles: Bruce Maskell
Translation: Pascale Lazare, Bruce Maskell, Jan Andreas
Video: Luc Schlumberger
Photo: Gilles Flavien, Véronique Schlumberger
Poster: Florence Vitel
Design: Valérie Thomas-Collignon
Communication: Julie Obecanov
Box office: Claire Roussie
Sponsoring: Laurence Sebeyran, Ines Muñoz
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