Friday, September 19, 2008

The Grippe of October: A play about the 1918 influenza epidemic

The Grippe of October: A play about the 1918 influenza epidemic
October 3 and 4 - 8:00 p.m.
October 5 - 2:00 p.m.
Foy Hall, Beaudoin Theatre

Albany, NY 1918 – World War I. Thousands of young American men are enlisting to fight in The War to End All Wars. Americans at home sacrifice their domestic comforts in order to support their husbands and sons over seas. Those soldiers that survive the War return home, expecting to nurse the physical and psychological wounds suffered from the conflict. However, the America they return to is fighting its own war. It is not a battle that can be won with a rifle.

The Influenza epidemic of 1918 killed more people world wide than the medieval Black Plague. The Influenza epidemic indiscriminately effected hundreds of Albanians, rich and poor, black and white, sons and mothers alike. The Grippe of October, by John P. McEneny, follows Alice, a young girl from Pine Hills in Albany, who finds her whole world is shattered when the plague infects her home and neighborhood. Alice is forced to reevaluate her identity, now that she is caught in a world of war and disease.



5 comments:

Will Frenzel said...

I don't think it's a stretch to say that this show is going to be amazing.

It's full of both fantastic Stage III veterans and some of the hottest rising stars in Stage III today.

Besides what else do people do on Friday and Saturday nights?

Or Sunday afternoon?

Everyone should come and see this show!

A true Jack of all trades
Will Frenzel

Anonymous said...

I was in the original production of this play and I can truthfully saw that the man who wrote it gave it his all.
We performed The Grippe of October twice in SCOTLAND and the whole thing is such a great experience. Everyone should come see it, it should be a really magical production!

Jennifer Bart said...

I agree. This show is interesting for all kinds of people, particularly for people studying history.

Don't let this description fool you, there are some very funny moments.


Come see Abstinence Boy as the mischievous soldier with the heart of gold!

Melissa said...

This show is going to be great! As Assistant Stage Manager, I was able to see this show take shape from the auditions until now and I can honestly say that it will be amazing.

Everyone should see this show!!

-Melissa :)

P.S.: Bring tissues!

Mae Young said...

I heard this show is going to be great.

It is supposed to be an extremely interesting, lively, and heartbreaking experience while managing to be extremely accurate.

I'll be there.