Absurdfest Fall 2014 - Play / Bald Soprano / Action

Absurdfest Fall 2014 poster 2 - Play / Bald Soprano / Action


by Samuel Beckett
The Bald Soprano
by Eugene Ionesco
Translation by Tina Howe

Directed by Jeanette Farr
Two weekends, eight performances
Oct 9 – 19: Thu/Fri/Sat at 8pm, Sundays at 2pm
Auditorium Mainstage Theatre (AU 100)


by Sam Shepard
by Samuel Beckett

Directed by Jeanette Farr
Two weekends, eight performances
Oct 30 – Nov 9: Thu/Fri/Sat at 8pm, Sundays at 2pm
Auditorium Studio Theatre (AU 102)




Regular: $15
Student/Senior (55+): $12 (student ID required)

SUBSCRIPTION: see both events at a discounted rate
Regular Subscription: $25 (regularly $30 for both events)
Student/Senior (55+): $20 (regularly $24 for both events)

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In three urns side by side are encased two women and a man. This brilliantly abstract play by the acclaimed writer of Waiting For Godot, Play exhibits choruses of existential oblivion to ruminations and reiterations of a common experience that ended unhappily for a man, his wife and his mistress. Like no other dramatist before him, Mr. Beckett’s works capture the pathos and ironies of modern life yet still maintain his faith in man’s capacity for compassion and survival no matter how absurd his environment may have become.

Samuel Beckett (1906-1989) is widely recognized as one of the greatest dramatists of the twentieth century. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1969. Mr. Beckett is most renowned for his play Waiting for Godot which launched his career in theatre. He then went on to write numerous successful full-length plays, including Endgame in 1957, Krapp’s Last Tape in 1958, and Happy Days in 1960. Mr. Beckett received his first commission for radio from the BBC in 1956 for All That Fall. This was followed by a further five plays for radio including Embers, Words and Music, and Cascando. Like no other dramatist before him, Mr. Beckett’s works capture the pathos and ironies of modern life yet still maintain his faith in man’s capacity for compassion and survival no matter how absurd his environment may have become.

In an exciting new translation by Pulitzer Prize-finalist Tina Howe, Eugene Ionesco’s The Bald Soprano throws together a quintessential British middle-class family the Smiths, their guests the Martins, their maid Mary, and a fire chief determined to extinguish all fires — including their hearths. It's an archetypical absurdist tale and Ionesco displays his profound take on the problems inherent in modern communication in both comic and grotesque ways.

Eugène Ionesco (born Nov. 26, 1909, Slatina, Romania, 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 Académie Française in 1970.

Tina Howe's plays include The Nest, Birth and After Birth, Museum, The Art of Dining, Painting Churches, Coastal Disturbances, Approaching Zanzibar, One Shoe Off, Pride’s Crossing, Such Small Hands, Rembrandt’s Gift and new translations of Eugène Ionesco’s The Bald Soprano and The Lesson as well as a host of shorter plays. These works premiered at the New York Shakespeare Festival, the Kennedy Center, Second Stage, The Old Globe Theatre, Lincoln Center Theater, The Actors Theatre of Louisville and the Atlantic Theater Company. Her most recent play, Chasing Manet, premiered at Primary Stages. Among her many awards are an Obie for Distinguished playwriting, a Tony nomination for best Play, an Outer Circle Critics Award, a Rockefeller Grant, two N.E.A. Fellowships, a Guggenheim Fellowship, an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature, the Sidney Kingsley Award, the New York Drama Critics' Circle Award, two honorary degrees and the William Inge Award for Distinguished Achievement in the American Theatre. A two-time finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, Miss Howe has been a Visiting Professor at Hunter College since 1990 and has also taught master classes at NYU, UCLA, Columbia and Carnegie Mellon. Her works can be read in numerous anthologies as well as in Coastal Disturbances: Four Plays by Tina Howe, and Approaching Zanzibar and Other Plays, published by Theatre Communications Group and most recently her translations of Ionesco's The Bald Soprano and The Lesson, published by Grove Press. Miss Howe is proud to have served on the council of the Dramatists Guild since 1990.

Four people are drinking coffee and a turkey is in the oven. The women do ordinary household tasks and appear to be normal beings. On the other hand, the men, with shaven heads, seem like stage humanoids. Subject to fits and fears, the four seem lost in time and place-- even as they act out strange roles while still doing ordinary things. It is at the same time a familiar yet frightening world, inhabited by seemingly familiar yet strange people.

Sam Shepard ranks as one of America's most celebrated dramatists. He has written nearly 50 plays and has seen his work produced across the nation, in venues ranging from Greenwich Village coffee shops to regional professional and community theatres, from college campuses to commercial Broadway houses. His plays are regularly anthologized, and theatre professors teach Sam Shepard as a canonical American author. Outside of his stage work, he has achieved fame as an actor, writer, and director in the film industry. With a career that now spans nearly 40 years, Sam Shepard has gained the critical regard, media attention, and iconic status enjoyed by only a rare few in American theatre. Throughout his career Shepard has amassed numerous grants, prizes, fellowships, and awards, including the Cannes Palme d'Or and the Pulitzer Prize. He has received abundant popular praise and critical adulation. While the assessment of Shepard's standing may evidence occasional hyperbole, there can be little doubt that he has spoken in a compelling way to American theatre audiences, and that his plays have found deep resonance in the nation's cultural imagination.


Each semester, the student actors of three performance classes present selected scenes, monologues, and devised pieces in a single night of theatre, never to be seen again.  Don't miss it!

TA 100 - Introduction to Acting: Tue, Nov 18 at 7pm
TA 103 - Acting Fundamentals I: Wed, Nov 19 at 7pm
TA 111 - Voice for the Actor: Thu, Nov 20 at 7pm
TA 155 - Introduction to Playwriting: Tue, Nov 25 at 7pm 
Auditorium Studio Theatre (AU 102)










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