In one of the seminal plays of Theater of the Absurd, “The Bald Soprano” (1950), Eugene Ionesco reveals the decay of a modern person and the futility of meaningful communication in contemporary society. Inspired by the cliche dialogues between the imaginary Mr. and Mrs. Smith in an English phrasebook for beginners, Mr. Ionesco rejected the coherent plot, character development, and concept of realistic drama, instead creating his own anarchic and grotesque form of comedy to convey the tragedy of language in a universe ruled by chance. In Jean-Paul Sartre’s words, “Ionesco sees our language as if from a distance. He reveals its banality and routine. The reader faces an acute realization of the absurdity of language, to the point when one does not want to speak anymore. His theater is a dream about language.” Directed by Professor of Theater Yuri Kordonsky.
Date & Time: Wednesday, April 22 through Friday, April 24, 2015 at 8pm;
Saturday, April 25, 2015 at 2pm and 8pm
Place: CFA Theater
Cost: $4 for Wesleyan students