Digitized by the Internet Archive in 2009 with funding from Selwyn House School http://www.archive.org/details/rhinocerosOOselw The Veritas Players Present ^y Eugene lonesco St -.rd May r^-S"^" 2003 7:30 pm Lucas Theatre Selwyn House School Is an average person unable to resist the compulsion to conform and be like eveiyone else? That is the central question posed by Eugene lonesco in his 1959 play Rhinoceros. lonesco was a major exponent of the Theatre of the Absurd, which grew out of Antonin Artaud's Hieatre of Cmelty, a reaction to a world engulfed by war. This was a time when existentialism dominated intellectual circles, particularly in France where lonesco lived. Many of his plays, notably The Chairs and The Bald Soprano, are touchstones of the Absurdist movement. The movement expressed its disaffection with humanity by deeming life an illogical predicament caused by social forces. When Rhinoceros was first produced in Paris in 1960, Jean Louis Barrault directed the play and took the role of Berenger. Several months later a London production directed by Orson Welles starred Laurence Olivier as Berenger. The following year the play was produced on Broadway starring Eli Wallach as Berenger and Zero Mostel as Jean. Actl Scene 1 A square in a small French town. Scene 2 The office of a firm of law publications. The Next Day There will be one fifteen-minute intermission. Act 2 Act 3 Jean's room, that afternoon Berenger's room, a few days later Direction: Set, Props, and Costume Design: Lighting Desing: Lighting Board Operator: Painters and Lighting Support Staff: Alex Ivanovici Robert Leader James Richardson Mohsin Aziz National Theatre School of Canada Berenger: Jean: Daisy: Dudard: Matt Litvack Adam Cieply Jessica Davis * Ben Wilner The Waitress: The Grocers Wife: The Housewife: The Grocer: The Old Gentleman: The Logician: The Cafe Proprietor: Emese Tokes * Stephanie Malouf Lisa Worsley * Nick Tsoukas Arun Khana Charles Vennat Miguel Bumier Mr. Botard: Mr. Papillon: Mrs. Boeuf: Fireman: Charles Ayas Dylan Jones Emese Tokes* Miguel Bumier * appearing thanks to The Study school for Girls Thank You Very Much! Wendy Clubb, Annabel Soutar, National Theatre School of Canada, Prqjet Porte Parole, ALL THE PARENTS, Carol Manning, Rob Wearing, April Wong, Chris Churchill, Sara Bradeen, Danny Brochu, The Phys. Ed. Department, Fernando Kucher and all the After-school Staff, Jamie McMillan, Richard Wills, Mathilde Codina, Debbie Dragoon, The Cleaning Staff, The Security Staff, Theatre du Grand Jour, the Library Staff, Mohsin Aziz, The Prefects and most importantly, all the students involved in this production, without whom I surely could not resist conformity.