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Rhinocéros! by Eugen Ionescu
March 26 @ 8:00 pm – April 24 @ 3:00 pm
Pointless Theatre is pleased to announce its first in-person programming since the summer of 2019 – Eugene Ionescu’s play Rhinocéros! The production begins previews on March 26, opens April 1, and runs through April 24. Performances will take place at the Spooky Action Theater located at 1810 16th Street, NW, Washington, DC.
First produced in 1959, Rhinocéros! presents a small town overrun with radical ideas, clashing ideology and not so subtle transformations. When Beringer, a local drunk, finds himself surrounded by neighbors who are slowly turning into giant beasts, he’s forced to navigate a new world where the rights of citizens are changing as rapidly as the body of the mob around him. While the original script serves as an allegory for the rise of Fascism in mid-20th century Europe, the story presents a familiar tone in public discourse and examines the ways in which a public is quickly radicalized.
Pointless Theater performance of is based on an original translation of Eugene Ionescu’s seminal play by Frank Labovitz who also directs it. A Helen Hayes award winning costume designer, Labovitz brings a sculptor’s eye to the production. Employing large scale puppetry to represent the transformation of people to beast, audiences will be confronted face to face with a cast of life size creatures.
Tickets are $39 for general admission. PWYC performance will take place April 7, 2022. To purchase, and for more information, please visit www.pointlesstheatre.com
Proof of full vaccination is required for entry. Masks required when not eating or drinking. Venue protocols and event requirements are subject to change, so be sure to check back for the latest information.