OB's Cocteau Rep Charges Ahead with Ionesco's Rhinoceros, Sept. 25-Dec. 4

News   OB's Cocteau Rep Charges Ahead with Ionesco's Rhinoceros, Sept. 25-Dec. 4 New York's Jean Cocteau Repertory continues its 1998-99 season with Eugene Ionesco's Rhinoceros, Sept. 25-Dec. 4. The production, along with Jean-Paul Sartre's existentialist masterpiece No Exit (through Oct. 23), is part of a mini-festival of modern French drama sponsored by the Florence Gould Foundation.
Harris Berlinsky as Beringer with Craig Smith as Jean.
Harris Berlinsky as Beringer with Craig Smith as Jean. Photo by Photo by Jonathan Slaff

New York's Jean Cocteau Repertory continues its 1998-99 season with Eugene Ionesco's Rhinoceros, Sept. 25-Dec. 4. The production, along with Jean-Paul Sartre's existentialist masterpiece No Exit (through Oct. 23), is part of a mini-festival of modern French drama sponsored by the Florence Gould Foundation.

Rhinoceros, tells of Berenger (a role made famous by Zero Mostel), a fellow who notices that every person in the world is transforming into a rhinoceros. Berenger fights to remain a human being while everyone around him is turning green and leathery. The play, recently revived by Off-Broadway's Valiant Theatre Company, has been called a metaphor for man's struggle to remain an individual in the face of mass hysteria. Eve Adamson directs the piece.

Also scheduled for the Cocteau Rep season:
Loot, Joe Orton's dark farce, directed by Scott Shattuck, who also staged Orton's What The Butler Saw for Cocteau Rep two seasons back. The comedy tells of a son who needs to dump stolen money into his mother's casket.

Caesar and Cleopatra, by George Bernard Shaw, directed by Robert Hupp (Jan. 15-Mar. 26, 1999, opens Jan. 17, 1999). GBS' romantic drama tells of the conqueror falling for Egyptian woman-child, Cleopatra.

Winterset, Maxwell Anderson's 1935 verse drama, to be staged by Eve Adamson (Mar. 12-May 9, 1999, opens Mar. 14). Loosely based on the Sacco & Vanzetti case, the play tells of a son hoping to avenge the execution of his innocent dad. A sixth play to end the season will be announced in the winter.

For information on Jean Cocteau Repertory's porduction of Eugene Ionesco's Rhinoceros (Sept. 25 - Dec. 4), call (212) 677-0060.

-- By Sean McGrath, Robert Simonson
and David Lefkowitz

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