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By Eugène Ionesco
Directed by Emmanuel Demarcy-Mota
Théâtre de la Ville, Paris
It happens inexplicably: One by one, a man's friends and neighbors turn into rhinoceroses, reducing the town to a perilous wasteland. In this brilliant restaging of Eugène Ionesco's absurdist allegory Rhinoceros, loneliness and horror consume the individual who resists a popular movement in which civilians succumb to the collective in its most monstrous, destructive form. Spare, physical, and haunting, celebrated French director Emmanuel Demarcy—Mota's internationally acclaimed staging teases out the archetypal quality of this classic work, whose fierce indictment of 20th-century totalitarianism retains its sting amid today's ideological climate.
Artistic collaborator François Regnault
Set and lighting design by Yves Collet
Music by Jefferson Lembeye
Costume design by Corinne Baudelot
Edward Albee, Israel Horovitz, and more discuss Ionesco and the absurdist sensibility.
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