Theatre Fairfield launches 2013-14 season with "Rhinoceros"


October 30, 2013 - November 3, 2013
Wein Black Box Theatre
Quick Center for the Arts, Fairfield University

Image: RhinocerosTheatre Fairfield, Fairfield University's resident production company, opens its 2013-2014 season with Eugène Ionesco's absurdist play "Rhinoceros." Performances take place Wednesday, Oct. 30, through Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013, in the Wein Black Box Theatre at Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts. Performance times are 8 p.m., Wed.-Sat., Oct. 30-Nov. 2; and 2 p.m. Sat. and Sun., Nov. 2 and Nov. 3. Tickets are $12 for general admission; $6 for seniors & university staff; and $5 for students.

"Rhinoceros" takes place in a small, provincial French town that is unexpectedly overrun by rhinoceroses. Where are they all coming from? Why are all the people disappearing? Are they joining the herd? One of the great plays of the last century, "Rhinoceros" explores the human impulses for both conformity and individuality in a surprisingly comical fashion. One of the questions the play poses is: "How do we know where normality ends and abnormality begins?" Director Jackob G. Hofmann is exploring this question by bringing various cultural traditions from around the world onto the stage in order to challenge our perception of normality. In addition, he questions the intricacies of herd mentality. What draws people to follow others? Fear? Laziness? Apathy? What convinces them to stay individuals? Using the actors' strengths to his advantage, Hofmann promises a production of "Rhinoceros" like never before.

Theatre Fairfield's presentation of "Rhinoceros" is based on a translation by Martin Crimp that was staged at the Royal Court Theatre, London, in September 2007. Joining director Jackob G. Hofmann in bringing this production to life are Dr. Martha Schmoyer LoMonaco as Co-Producer, Lynne Porter as Co-Producer and Scenic Designer, Lynne Chase as Lighting Designer, Julie Leavitt as Costume Designer, and Kevin Schneck as Technical Director.

The cast includes, LeighAnn Albanese '14 (Franklin, N.J.), as Boss of Café/Fireman; Owen Corey '14 (Ridley Park, PA), as Bèrenger; Grace Janiszewski '14 (Schenectady, NY), as the Waitress; Brendan Freeman '15 (Shrewsbury, MA) as the Logician; Maggie Greene '15 (Portland, OR), as Botard; Franco Luzzi '15 (New Haven, CT) as Jean; Katie Premus '15 (Staten Island, NY), as Madame Boeuf/Grocer Woman; Lizzie Bateson '16 (East Greenwich, RI), as Daisy; Ryan Champlin '16 (Warwick, RI), as Dudard/Grocer Man; Nicholas Solomini '16 (Andover, MA), as Monsieur Papillion/Old Gentleman; and Grace Schiller '17 (Holliston, MA), as the Housewife.

Tickets are available through the Quick Center Box Office: (203) 254-4010, or toll-free 1-877-ARTS-396 (1-877-278-7396). Tickets can also be purchased online at www.quickcenter.com.

The Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts is located on the campus of Fairfield University at 1073 North Benson Road in Fairfield, Connecticut. Entrance to the Quick Center is through the Barlow Road gate at 200 Barlow Road. Free, secure parking is available. Access for people with disabilities is available throughout the Quick Center for audience members and performers. Hearing amplification devices are available upon request at the Box Office. Fairfield University is located off exit 22 of Interstate-95. For further information and directions, call (203) 254-4010 or 1-877-278-7396, or visit www.quickcenter.com.

 

Pictured: Owen Corey '14, and Franco Luzzi '15, rehearsing for Theatre Fairfield's production of Rhinoceros.

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Media Contact: Mike Horyczun, (203) 254-4000 ext. 2647, mhoryczun@fairfield.edu

Posted on October 16, 2013

Vol. 46, No. 78