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  • A Couple of One Acts
    October 11, 2019 - October 13, 2019
    7:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Friday October 11 ~ 7:30pm

Saturday October 12 ~ 7:30pm

Sunday October 13 ~ 2pm

$15 online / $18 at the door


The term “Theatre of the Absurd” was coined by Martin Esslin in his 1962 book by that title. It refers to the work of a loosely associated group of dramatists who first emerged during and after World War II. Esslin saw these playwrights as giving artistic expression to Albert Camus’ existential philosophy, as illustrated in his essay The Myth of Sisyphus, that life is inherently meaningless. In The Theatre of the Absurd, Esslin states, “The Theatre of the Absurd has renounced arguing about the absurdity of the human condition; it merely presents it in being—that is, in terms of concrete stage images. This is the difference between the approach of the philosopher and that of the poet.” He goes on to say that “The hallmark of this attitude is its sense that the certitudes and unshakable basic assumptions of former ages have been swept away, that they have been tested and found wanting, that they have been discredited as cheap and somewhat childish illusions.” Some common characteristics of absurdist plays include this general existential philosophy coupled with a rejection of narrative continuity and the rigidity of logic, as well as (and perhaps most importantly) a radical devaluation of language which is seen as a futile attempt to communicate the impossible. The general effect is often a nightmare or dreamlike atmosphere in which the protagonist is overwhelmed by the chaotic or irrational nature of his environment. Most absurdists also doggedly resist the traditional separation of farce and tragedy, intermixing the two at will, creating an unpredictable world that mirrors our own, in which the poignantly tragic may come upon the heels of the absurdly funny, or vice versa.



The Zoo Story

Written by Edward Albee

Directed by Desiree Henderson



Mark Lawrence

Garrett Riggs

The Zoo Story is a one-act play by American playwright Edward Albee. His first play, it was written in 1958 and completed in just three weeks. The landmark play of absurdist theatre explores themes of isolation, loneliness, miscommunication as anathematization, social disparity and dehumanization in a materialistic world.

45 minutes


Three Women and an Onion

Written by Ryan Bultrowicz

Directed by Alexandra York



Elizabeth Dickey

Sophia Dickey

Deborah Feltman

Terri Helm

An absurdist comedy that examines three women who attempt to determine the motivations of the onion that keeps mysteriously appearing on their kitchen table.

20 minutes


There will be a Q&A with the creative team of each play after each performance.