Edith Piaf was born in a gutter and raised in a brothel. "I was hungry, I was cold. But I was also free... free not to get up in the morning, not to go to bed at night, free to get drunk if I liked, to dream... to hope." Piaf captured in every song the flavor of French life with an appeal that was international. And even when there stalked black specters of illness, drink, and drugs--she could still sing the unforgettable refrain: Non, je ne regrette rien. No, I regret nothing. Chris Hayes directs Pam Gems' Piaf, in repertory at the Potomac Theatre Project.