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EAC Theatre Department offering “Rhinoceros”

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EAC Theatre Department offering “Rhinoceros”

By Lori Dugan

Thatcher, AZ—Eastern Arizona College’s Theatre Arts Department will offer Eugène Ionesco’s absurdist comedy “Rhinoceros,” next week, October 15-18, in the College’s South Campus Theater #3. Curtain times will be at 7:30 p.m. each evening, plus a special Saturday matinee at 2 p.m.

Eugene Ionesco, born in 1909 in Romania, wrote Rhinoceros in 1959 in reaction to the rise of the Nazi Party in Europe and the Iron Guard in Romania.

Ionesco watched as his neighbors, people he had known for years suddenly change before his eyes and sell out their own countrymen for fear of retaliation or death. In the play Berenger (lead character) watches in horror as his fellow villagers change into creatures before him.

“The larval masks being used for this production originated in Switzerland. In the 1960’s these masks were used to help train actors in body movement rather than relying solely on facial expression,” explains Sean Dupont, the play’s director and EAC theatre instructor.

Admission for “Rhinoceros” is $3 per person. Full-time EAC students will be admitted free with student ID. Tickets can be purchased at the door or by calling EAC’s Ticket Office at (928) 428-8228.