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A new staged reading series, Politics of the Absurd will feature concert-style performances of three classic absurdist comedies whose messages feel all too relevant in today’s modern political environment. The first reading, Rhinoceros by Eugène Ionesco, considers the plight of the individual in the face of a brutal popular movement. The second, The Trial adapted from the novel by Franz Kafka, follows the fate of an accused man in a world of inhuman bureaucracy and eroding civil rights. And finally, The Hothouse by Harold Pinter, ponders what happens when we let the inmates run the asylum.      

Hilarious, provocative, and timely, Politics of the Absurd is a unique opportunity to see these rarely produced classics reexamined as vital works for a contemporary audience – for a limited time only! Performed by a cast of some of the most exciting actors in New York, each reading will take place at Baruch Performing Arts Center, 55 Lexington Avenue (entrance on 25th Street between 3rd & Lexington Aves).

At a time when each new day brings something stranger than the last, Politics of the Absurd begs the question – is the absurd really still so absurd? 




The Hothouse

  • By Harold Pinter 

Postponed - New Dates Coming Soon! 



The Trial

March 5th and 6th @ 8 pm



February 5th, 6th, and 7th @ 8 pm


BLUE CATERPILLAR PRODUCTIONS is a division of CM STAGE PRODUCTIONS that reexamines classic plays and musicals to bring them to fresh life for a modern audience. Under the leadership of producer Christopher Maring, the company strives to present works that feel as vital, insightful, and engaging as when they were first created.