Theatre Department stages double feature

‘The Bald Soprano,’ ‘Play’ feature work of ‘absurd’ writers

By Christine Hernandez


“The Bald Soprano” and “Play” will be presented back-to-back in a double-feature format beginning at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 1, in Cheever Downstage II Theatre.

“The Bald Soprano,” written by Eugene Ionesco, is a wacky comic spoof based on language’s inability to accurately communicate. Inspired by his frustrating experience trying to learn English, Ionesco lampoons the craziness of language. “Play,” written by Nobel Prize winner Samuel Beckett, tells the tale of a tricky love triangle from three different points of view.

“Critics categorized these plays as representative of the ‘Theater of the Absurd’ because they treat the ridiculousness of desiring reason and order where none reside,” said the director, Dr. Robert Ball, chair of the Department of Theatre Arts at the University of the Incarnate Word.

“Writing in the years following World War II, several European playwrights were labeled as ‘absurdists’ because they urged their audiences to embrace the freedom of chaos rather than enslave themselves to nonexistent order and rationality,” Ball said.

“They sought liberation from the artificiality of social codes, meaningless social conventions, and sought to expose the limitations of language.”


Seating is limited for “Play” and “The Bald Soprano” performances at 8 p.m. Oct. 1-2, 8-9; 2 p.m. Oct. 3; and 7 p.m. Oct. 7.

Students and faculty get in free with a valid student ID and may purchase an additional ticket for $8. Otherwise, tickets are $10 for adults and $9 for seniors. Group rates are available for parties of 10 or more.

Reservations are highly advised by calling (210) 829-3818.

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