Putting Out Blue Fires
After my original play, BLUEBEARD: THE TRIAL OF GILLES DE RAIS, debuted in 2016, I “met” Margot Juby, a fellow De Rais scholar, via the trusty old Internet. (I credit us both with being scholars of the De Rais case, as I had to do quite a bit of research for the writing of the play, but Margot’s studies are far more in-depth than mine, I must say, as Gilles de Rais to her has become something of a lifelong passion.) Ms. Juby is firmly convinced that De Rais was innocent, that he was the victim of a frame-up. I’m more on the fence about it, but I will concede that, were I seated on a jury today, with only the extant evidence to go by, I would have to find Mr. De Rais not guilty. The evidence is simply too sketchy to secure a conviction by today’s standards.
Check out some rather humorous instances of Ms. Juby, via her blog, gently correcting some morons…um, I mean, fellow scholars, who are a little off-base with some of their assertions. (The last one is a real doozy.) I can sympathize. I lost count of how many times I had to explain to people that my play had nothing to do with pirates.