John Singer Sargent And Madame X was heralded by invitation
at the Actors Studio, NYC. John Singer Sargent, an up-and-coming
American artist, is eager to collaborate on a portrait that would
catapult him and Madame X, the most beautiful woman in Paris, to the
pinnacle of society. But he falls in love with her and she tries to
destroy him. Which pathway will he go down? Will he try to create the
perfect painting or placate his lover? With its revelations about Madame
X's identity and an eyebrow-raising cast of characters, including Oscar
Wilde, Henry James, Sarah Bernhardt, and Dr. Samuel Pozzi (Madame X's
notorious gynecologist/lover), this play exposes the tale of beauty,
infatuation, obsession, and betrayal that lies behind Sargent's
masterpiece painting, Madame X. It is based on a true-life story and set
in the glamorous Belle Époque period of Paris and England.
Voluptuous characters and riveting changes of place can be created on a bare stage by shifts in lighting and/or costume pieces.