Theatre on the Square [Stage 2] / Jul 28th-30th, Aug 4th-6th, 11th-13th / Tickets $15
Catalystcontinuing our mission to produce thought provoking theatre like The Diviners, Tooth of Crime, our award-winning Equus and most recently, our critically acclaimed Feral Boyjoins No Holds Barddedicated to cavalier productions like The F---ing Classiest Show Ever and Richard IIIto bring this rarely produced gem to Indianapolis. Inspired by recent events, No Holds Bard and Catalyst Repertory proudly present Eugene Ionescos Rhinoceros in a sleek, sharp, and hysterical production at Theatre on the Squares second stage.
Berenger lives a very normal life. Hes a little messy. Hes sometimes late for work. He drinks too much. And everyone he knows is becoming a rhinoceros. At first the phenomenon doesnt seem to be too much of a problem, but when his best friend Jean transforms right before his eyes, Berenger begins to worry. Soon he finds himself holed up as though he were in a zombie movie. Only with rhinoceroses.
Ionesco wrote this play in response to the political zealotry he witnessed all around himself in Europe during the middle of the twentieth century. When surrounded by extremism and hatred, one of humanitys strongest weapons in defense of civility and decency is, naturally, comedy. It is not a stretch to see the prescience of a piece about normal people transforming into rampaging beasts. Therein lies the heart of the play; its not necessarily poking fun at the absurdity of political organizations; its poking fun at how easy it is for people to believe in them. In the year 2017, we find ourselves blindly stampeding along with the rest of the herd. Maybe its time to take a moment to step out for a little while and laugh at it.
Including many local favoritesin addition to featuring a cast of both Catalyst alumni and newcomersRhinoceros stars Zachariah Stonerock (fresh off directing Catalysts most recent production, Feral Boy) and is directed by longtime Catalyst collaborator, Tristan Ross.
Zachariah Stonerock Berenger
Tim Fox Dudard
Abbie Wright Daisy
Tristan Ross Jean
Josh Ramsey The Logician/Mr. Papillon
David Mosedale Old Gentleman/Little Old Man
Sarah Holland Froehlke Housewife/Little Old Mans Wife
Denise Jaeckel Waitress/Mrs. Boeuf
John Mortell Proprietor/Botard
Theatre on the Square - Stage Two (View)
627 Massachusetts Avenue
Indianapolis, IN 46204
|Minimum Age: 10|
|Kid Friendly: No|
|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: No|