Digitized by the Internet Archive
in 2009 with funding from
Selwyn House School
The Veritas Players Present
^y Eugene lonesco
May r^-S"^" 2003
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.
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.
Jean's room, that afternoon
Berenger's room, a few days later
Set, Props, and Costume Design:
Lighting Board Operator:
Lighting Support Staff:
School of Canada
Jessica Davis *
The Grocers Wife:
The Old Gentleman:
The Cafe Proprietor:
Emese Tokes *
Lisa Worsley *
* 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.