HILARIOUS. SURPRISING. DISTURBINGLY TIMELY.
Join us for special staged reading performances of RHINOCEROS - part of "Politics of the Absurd", a new series featuring classic absurdist comedies that examine the absurdity and peril of our current political environment.
It starts with two rhinoceroses (or was it the same one twice?), rampaging through the quiet town square, a momentary disruption to daily life. Very soon there are more, grunting and snorting, running amok and destroying everything in their path. Berenger, a kindhearted drunkard, is determined to resist, even as more and more of the people around him succumb to the transformation – but what can one simple man do in the face of such a monstrous force?
Featuring Brian D. Coats (Jitney, "Boardwalk Empire"), Blake DeLong (Illyria), Colby Minifie (Six Degrees of Separation, "Jessica Jones"), Larry Owens (Gigantic), Ronald Peet ("Bull"), Mary Stout (Jane Eyre), Steve Vinovich (All The Way), Natalie Walker (Puffs, "Search Party"), and Niccolò Walsh (Black Tom Island).
Baruch Performing Arts Center
55 Lexington Avenue (enter on 25th Street between 3rd & Lexington Aves)
EUGENE IONESCO (playwright) (born Nov. 26, 1909, Slatina, Rom. died March 28, 1994, Paris, France) was a Romanian-born French playwright. He studied in Bucharest and Paris, where he lived from 1945. His first one-act antiplay, The Bald Soprano (1950), inspired a revolution in dramatic techniques and helped inaugurate the Theatre of the Absurd. He followed it with other one-act plays in which illogical events create an atmosphere both comic and grotesque, including The Lesson (1951), The Chairs (1952), and The New Tenant (1955). His most popular full-length play, Rhinoceros (1959), concerns a provincial French town in which all the citizens are metamorphosing into rhinoceroses. Other plays include Exit the King (1962) and A Stroll in the Air (1963). He was elected to the Acadmie Franaise in 1970.
SRĐA VASILJEVIĆ (director) is a Bosnian-American director. Born in Sarajevo, Srđa fled as a refugee during Bosnian War before moving to to Iowa, and later, New York City. Srđa has developed new work with theater companies such as The Flea, La MaMA, Dixon Place and Musical Theatre Factory. His work has been seen on and off Broadway, regionally and in international waters on Disney Cruise Lines. He has worked on the directorial teams of The Laramie Project Cycle at BAM, Deaf West’s Broadway revival of Spring Awakening and the New York Spectacular starring The Rockettes at the legendary Radio City Music Hall. Srđa’s experiential style draws inspiration from rave and party culture, as well as exploring queer, millennial and third-culture themes. Srđa’s recent projects include the New York premiere of Holding The Man at The Center, the gay-party-play, When I Started Dating Men and the award-winning new folk musical, Dust Can't Kill Me. In addition to Srđa’s directorial work, he has worked on the ENCORES! Off-Center Artists' Board and as a Creative Associate at Tom Kirdahy Productions, the producing powerhouse behind It's Only A Play, The Visit and White Rabbit, Red Rabbit. Srđa is the resident director of Theatre for One and a member of the Lincoln Center Director’s Lab. www.sr-da.com
DANIEL KUNEY / KGM THEATRICAL (General Manager) Credits include: Puffs (Off-Broadway), Rock of Ages (Broadway), Fela! (Broadway, Tours), Reasons to Be Pretty (Broadway), The 39 Steps (Broadway), The Homecoming (Broadway), Talk Radio (Broadway), Heathers (Off-Broadway), Altar Boyz (Off-Broadway), Dog Sees God (Off-Broadway), My Name is Rachel Corrie (Off-Broadway), In Masks Outrageous and Austere (Off-Broadway). www.kgmtheatrical.com
Company Manager: MANDY TATE
Sound Design by ELISHEBA ITTOOP
Casting by MICHAEL CASSARA, CSA
Poster Design by ANDY OMEL