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The Bald Soprano and The Lesson  

Two one-act plays by Eugene Ionesco
Directed by Jennifer Chapman
Scenic and Lighting Design by Kevin D. Gawley
Costume Design by Mallory Prucha-Rishoi
Sound Design by Jennifer Chapman and Arthur F. Gulig
Makeup Design by Tyler Barton*
Properties Design by Autumn Wilson*
* UWEC Theatre Student

December 3-5 & 9-12 at 7:30 p.m.
December 6 at 1:30 p.m.
Kjer Theatre

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Often called the father of the Theater of the Absurd, Eugène Ionesco wrote groundbreaking plays that are simultaneously hilarious, tragic, and profound. Now his classic one acts The Bald Soprano and The Lesson are available in an exciting new translation by Pulitzer Prize-finalist Tina Howe, noted heir of Ionesco's absurdist vision, acclaimed by Frank Rich as "one of the smartest playwrights we have."  In The Bald Soprano Ionesco throws together a cast of characters including the quintessential British middle-class family the Smiths, their guests the Martins, their maid Mary, and a fire chief determined to extinguish all fires — including their hearths. It's an archetypical absurdist tale and Ionesco displays his profound take on the problems inherent in modern communication.  The Lesson illustrates Ionesco's comic genius, where insanity and farce collide as a professor becomes increasingly frustrated with his hapless student, and the student with his mad teacher.

"The Bald Soprano" Cast
Mr. Smith.............................................Joshua Barnard
Mrs. Smith..................................................Siri Brobst
Mr. Martin.................................................Matt Tatone
Mrs. Martin.............................................Alicia Homan
The Fire Chief................................Cameron Cylkowski
Mary.....................................................Sami Johnson

"The Lesson" Cast
Professor...................................................Eddie Neve
Marie....................................................Sami Johnson
First Student...............................................Siri Brobst
Second Student.......................................Alicia Homan

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