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September 7  - October 8,  2017

Performed in Yiddish
         with English supertitles

Rhinoceros by Eugene Ionesco is set in a small town where people are turning, one by one, grunting and snorting, into rhinoceroses. By the end of the play only the “hero,” Berenger, a gentle but unimpressive man who drinks a bit too much, remains human. He vows that he will hold out against conformity, but there the playwright lowers the curtain.

Ionesco, who lived in Romania in the 1930s during the rise of fascism, wrote Rhinoceros in the post-War Paris of 1959. His absurdist story is about the vulnerabilities of all people. Mixing farce with tragedy, Ionesco’s play is universal and always contemporary, a parable about the impotence of civilization in the face of brutality.

Produced by the New Yiddish Repertory Theatre production in association with the Castillo Theatre, Rhinoceros will be performed in Yiddish with English supertitles at Castillo from September 7 to October 8. The play’s director, Moshe Yassur, knew Ionesco personally and has directed his plays in France, Israel, the United States and Romania. He says of Rhinoceros, “It’s an important play because it’s a political play. Ionesco is not against this political system or the other political system. He’s not ideological. He’s saying that the world is in disarray.  The world is sick. You can see this very clearly in Rhinoceros. He didn’t find the cure; no one has found the cure. But it’s very interesting and important to point out the sickness.”

Read the New York Times review here!


Student discount tickets are $20 and are available at the door.