Three Plays by Eugene Ionesco
Synopsis: A group of people sit and wait in awe as they watch their leader. They are amazed and exhilarated to just see him do the most mundane activities, like eat breakfast and read his newspaper. The celebration is led by the announcer who diligently awaits and calls out the leader's every action. While the crowd is engulfed in excitement, a young boy and girl meet and fall in love. They frolic about the stage amid the rest of the commotion. One of the admirers, a girl, notes with horror that the leader has no head. The announcer points out that he has no need for a head since he possesses no genius.
|Girl Admirer||Frances Barrineau|
"Maid to Marry"
"Improvisation" or "The Shepherd's Chameleon"
Synopsis: "Improvisation" is the playwright's ultimate revenge, a comedy of the absurd in which the absurd creatures are the pedants and dogmatists who try to foist their gobbledygook theories on the poor, suffering dramatist. All going under the name of Bartholemus, three of these bickering, egotistical ignoramuses invade the cluttered study of the innocent playwright (Ionesco himself) and try to force on him their rigid rules of "costumology, historicization, decorology, audiencology" and whatever other fads and follies they can dream up. When the playwright meekly suggests that he has an idea, he is told that because he is not a scholar, he is not allowed an idea. When he tries to explain his creative mechanism, he is rebuked for the "creative" but allowed the "mechanism." Driven to such distraction that he becomes little more than a trained monkey who is crammed into a costume and dances to his critics' tune, the author is rescued at last by a member of his audience, a down-to-earth cleaning lady, who shoos off the dunciad and even saves the writer from taking himself too seriously.
|Bartholemus I||Jim Garrett|
|Bartholemus II||John Teelin|
|Bartholemus III||Barry Donaldson|
|Assistant Director||Gary Cox|
|Set Design & Construction||Bob Tiller|
|Set Design & Construction||Frances Barrineau|
|Set Design & Construction||Gary Cox|
|Lighting Design||Pete Raby|
|Lighting Design||Frank Calhoun|
|Lighting Design||Sam McCorvey|
|House Manager||Whit Potter|