A rhinoceros suddenly appears in a sleepy
town, trampling through the peaceful streets. Soon another appears, and
another, and another until it becomes clear that ordinary citizens are actually
transforming into beasts as they learn to “move with the times.”
The Catastrophic Theatre continues its
tradition of presenting avant-garde classics with Eugene Ionesco’s anti-fascist,
absurdist comedy RHINOCEROS. Full of biting wit and nightmarish anxiety, RHINOCEROS
is a modern masterpiece that comments on the plight of the human condition,
made tolerable only by self-delusion.
Despite its canonical status, the play has
received relatively few professional productions in the U.S. The Catastrophic
Theatre’s production will be directed by Catastrophic co-founder Tamarie Cooper, who directed the critically acclaimed 2003 production of Rhinoceros for Infernal Bridegroom Productions.