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Rhinoceros Opens Nov 3rd!
A rhinoceros rampages through a small town, shattering the peace. As the dwindling humans are besieged by the growing tide of beasts, one man struggles with his place in this new reality as his fellows transform, infected by a burgeoning ideology. Savagery is simpler than empathy, and in this new world, forsaking humanity is noble.

​Fri, Nov 3 - 7:30pm
Sat, Nov 4 - 7:30pm
Sun, Nov 5 - 2:00pm

Thu, Nov 9 - 7:30pm
Fri, Nov 10 - 7:30pm
Sat, Nov 11 - 7:30pm

Wed, Nov 15 - 7:30pm
Thu, Nov 16 - 7:30pm
Fri, Nov 17 - 7:30pm
Sat, Nov 18 - 2:00pm
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Eugène Ionesco’s powerful work is charged with themes of isolation, infection, beauty and brutality. Written in 1959, the play is fueled by Ionesco’s early life in a time of immense political and social upheaval. Driven by his incisive rhetoric and deft handling of humanity’s actions in times of change, the fantastical nature of the play only emphasizes the stark reality of the world we live in. How do we comprehend and adapt to new realities when our world changes? How do we cope with a rising tide of confusion and casual hate? Ionesco’s themes are as timely now as they were then, forcing us to ask ourselves about our own actions and complicity in a world of forces that seek to strip us of our humanity. 

From Katherine Johnson (Director): “In our present, we find ourselves fighting against a world that euphemizes and legitimizes atrocity. We need to speak unabashedly on moral issues, and as artists and storytellers we have a unique opportunity. It's difficult to clear our heads in the midst of a sudden and frightening shift. Theatre presents a chance to step back and see our unfolding history, and our place in it. The time for this play is now.”

Auditions for Arborophilia!
Arborophilia, Or The Chopping BLock is a farce of ideas that satirizes traditional comedies of marriage and intergenerational conflict.  The play is off-beat, provocative and fun.

Judge Gwendolyn Gage’s two daughters have both fallen in love—but neither relationship is exactly what the fifty-five-year-old divorcee had in mind.  Her older daughter, Lily, has announced her intention to marry a Republican.  Her younger daughter, Laurel, has developed a romantic infatuation with a poplar tree.  If the matches are to succeed, both girls have their work cut out for them.

Dates: Monday, November 6th and Tuesday, November 7th
Time: 6:30pm-8:30pm (No Scheduling Needed)
Location: The Bartell Theatre @ 113 E Mifflin St Madison, WI 53703
Preperation: Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script (sides prepared further below). Please bring a headshot and resume, if available (not required). There will be audition forms to fill out, along with a rough schedule of rehearsals, at the audition. Please be prepared with all conflicts between November 2017 through March 2018.
Rehearsals: Rehearsals will start in December and are expected to be Sunday through Thursday nights from 7:00-10:00 at the Lakeview Moravian Church - 3565 Tulane Ave, Madison.  
Performances: February 23, 2018 – March 9, 2018 and will run for 10 performances over 3 weekends.
Questions: Please email for any/all questions.​

Gwendolyn Gage A Democrat (F/55)
Lily Gage Gwendolyn’s older daughter (F/26)
Laurel Gage Gwendolyn’s younger daughter (F/18)
Fairmont Fythe A Republican (M/28)
Dame Lucretia Bankmore Vandervelt Fairmont’s employer (F/70+)
Jimmy Duckfoot Owner of a small garden store  (M/35)
A Female Poplar Tree The object of Laurel’s love (F/19)

Note: The Poplar Tree is onstage throughout the play, but only speaks twice – briefly at the end of Act One and at some length at the end of Act Two. 

Audition Preparation Materials
Audition Side 2 - Gwendolyn & Lily
​Audition Side 6 - Laurel & Jimmy
Audition Side 7 - Fairmont & Dame Lucretia
Audition Side 11 - Gwendolyn & Dame Lucretia
Audition Side 16 - Lily & Fairmont
Audition Side 22 - Laurel, Dame Lucretia, Jimmy, & Poplar Tree
If you read this far, you may be interested in a free ticket to see Rhinoceros!

The first person that emails with the subject "Free Rhinoceros Ticket" with the date you want to see the show, will get one free complimentary ticket!
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