Mad Madge: A CounterBalance Theater Premiere

A CounterBalance Theater Premiere



Adapted and Directed by Annie Loui

Based on the novel by Danielle Dutton Margaret the First


October 26 - 28, 2018

Experimental Media Performance Lab (xMPL)

“I am as ambitious as ever any of my sex was, is, or can be:  though I cannot be Henry the 5th or Charles the 2nd, I endeavor to be Margaret the 1st.”

A devised theater production about the first female science fiction writer and infamous Restoration celebrity, Margaret Cavendish --  known for her scientific theories and fantasies, and her scandalous fashion statements.

8 transforming actors play 100’s of characters and all the palaces, animals and fantasy characters in a devised theater performance about the 1650’s celebrity Duchess Margaret Cavendish, “Mad Madge.” 

Famous as the first female science fiction writer, her Blazing World challenged contemporary ideas about science and women.  Favorite of the king, and the first woman to visit the Royal Society, she wore patches of stars on her face and a topless gown to the theater, bringing a contemporary reporter to write, “The whole story of this lady is a romance.”

Evenings: Oct. 26, 27 at 8:00 p.m.
Matinees: Oct. 27, 28 at  2:00 p.m.

FREE, but reservations required

CounterBalance Theater is composed of UCI alums, students and faculty with a mission to create “physical theater based on great literature”.

Co-produced by UCI Illuminations: The Chancellor's Arts & Culture Initiative and 21C: The Institute for 21st Century Creativity

October 26, 2018 - 8:00pm
October 27, 2018 - 2:00pm
October 27, 2018 - 8:00pm
October 28, 2018 - 2:00pm