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SU Drama presents:theatre of absurd

The Bald Soprano and The Chairs

Two One-Act Plays by the Master of Absurdism

Written by Eugene Inoesco

Directed by Rodney Hudson

ARTHUR STORCH THEATRE at SYRACUSE STAGE

Opens: Nov. 13 Closes: Nov. 22

(Syracuse, NY)- These master works from theatre of absurd soar to heights of the ridiculous with word-twisting, innovative comedy. Eugene Ionesco is a giant of 20th century playwriting who took all the conventions of the stage and turned them upside down to offer stunning perspectives on theatre and the world it reflects. With a strong sense of the outrageous, Ionesco reminds us that, "The human drama is as absurd as it is painful." Presented by the Department of Drama in The College of Visual and Performing Arts (VPA) at Syracuse University, The Bald Soprano and The Chairs run Nov. 13-22. Themes and content recommended for ages 16 and up. For tickets, call 443-3275 or visit www.vpa.syr.edu/drama.

Both The Bald Soprano and The Chairs are considered standards in what has been coined as Theatre of the Absurd. First popular in the 1950s and 1960s, Absurdism reflects a philosophy presented by Albert Camus-that the human condition is basically meaningless, and that explaining the world in a logical manner is not possible. In absurdist plays, there is a comical take on serious topics-death, alienation, and evil-in an effort to understand them better.

"The plays are funny and sad. Experience it. Don't try to think about what it means. Just experience it and then think about it later. If you're trying to make logic out of it you're missing the play," said Director Rodney Hudson.

THE BALD SOPRANO

The Bald Soprano portrays an evening visit between Mr. and Mrs. Smith and Mr. and Mrs. Martin. With the Smiths' maid Mary and her lover, the fire chief, the night of nonsensical stories and poems carries the characters right back to the beginning.

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