Theater at Reed: "Rhinoceros" by Eugène Ionesco

by Eugène Ionesco
Translated by Martin Crimp

Produced by Kate Bredeson (director) and Caitlin Cisek (scenographer)

Reed College Theatre Online

Synopsis: Bérenger finds himself increasingly alone as his friends, work colleagues, and neighbors one by one turn into rhinoceroses. Set in a small French town, Eugène Ionesco’s play takes a classic form to tell his jarring story of accumulation. Through the lens of the pandemic, wildfires, and Revolution of 2020, immigrant Ionesco’s tale speaks to a variety of spreads, including fascism, white supremacy, and viral contagion. Reed Theatre shares this story with you as a serial that will unfold over three weeks, itself mirroring the accumulation narrative of the play. In the moment of its first production, 1960, Rhinoceros was a dazzling display of what Martin Esslin called the Theatre of the Absurd—seventy years later, and through Martin Crimp’s fresh translation, Ionesco’s warning speaks louder than ever.

UPDATE: Visit the Rhinoceros webpage by clicking here.

Please check back for information about the launch party Zoom link.

Launch Party: 10/30, 7:00 p.m. (via Zoom) 
Act I: released 11/6
Act II: released 11/13
Act III: released 11/20 


Dial-In Information

Dial-in information will be forthcoming. Additional information to view the three acts will be provided at a later date. Please stay tuned.

Friday, October 30, 2020 at 7:00pm

More dates through November 20, 2020

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Faculty, Students, Alumni, Open to the Public, Parents & Family, Staff, Prospective Students


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