Edward Albee's A Delicate Balance Directed by Scott Albert Bennett
September 15th-30th At The Bartell Theatre On the Evjue Stage
Edward Albee’s classic drama about two couples whose lives are upended by an encroaching, nameless “fear,” bring a firestorm of doubt, recrimination, and ultimately solace. This play won Albee the first of his three Pulitzer Prizes for Drama.
Cast Agnes - Judy Kimball Tobias - Carl Cawthorne Claire - Rebecca Raether Edna - Patricia Whitely Harry - Jim Chiolino Julia - Carrie Sweet
Rhinoceros By Eugene Ionesco Directed by Katherine Johnson
November 3rd-18th At The Bartell Theatre On the Drury Stage
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; in this new world forsaking humanity is noble.
Shortly after the election last November, there was a lot of discussion on social media about what role artists would play in protesting the policies espoused by Donald Trump. Lists were made of plays that could illustrate the dangers inherent in a dictatorial leader who would not act in the best interest of the country’s citizens, who demonized the “other” and used fear to manipulate the masses. So I eagerly anticipated the season announcements of theaters across the country, looking for the subversive plays we had discussed with such enthusiasm months before. Instead, the vast majority played it safe. They programmed chestnuts and feel-good shows that would give audiences a respite from political turmoil instead of dealing with it head on. And then I saw the announcement that Strollers Theatre was including the Ionesco play Rhinoceros in its 2017-18 season. A brilliant absurdist piece, it was written in the 1950s to illustrate the dangers of Communism, Fascism and Nazi-ism. It was the first play I thought of producing to make a statement in the age of Trump and I am completely delighted that one of the Bartell companies is bringing it to life."