|March 17, 2003
What: Eugene Ionesco's MACBETT
Directed by Jim Cave. Produced by Marilyn Abad-Cardinalli.
Come enjoy the fun of Eugene Ionesco's MACBETT. A parody of William Shakespeare's Macbeth.
For: Adult audiences ( Not advised for children under 18)
When: April 4, 5, 10, 11, 12 @ 7:30 p.m.
Where: Gavilan College Theater, 5055 Santa Teresa Blvd., Gilroy
Cost: General Admission $10/ Seniors $8 Students w/ ID $5
Tickets available at the door or call to reserve: 408-848-4717
A tragedy or a comedy? Shakespeare and Ionesco had similar goals in telling the story of the ambitious Scotsman, encouraged by his scheming wife and a trio ( or in Ionesco's case a duo) of weird witches. There is a powerful force of evil in both plays that is explored and in the end punished. Shakespeare's play, however, is a tragedy and Ionesco's is a comedy.
If you've never seen Theatre of the Absurd, this may be your chance to expand your enjoyment of theater. The origins of Theatre of the Absurd are rooted in the avant-garde experiments of the 1920s and 1930s. The artists were strongly influenced by the traumatic experience of the horrors of the Second World War. Their wartime experiences left them with a belief in the total impermanence of any values, shook the validity of old conventions and highlighted the precariousness of human life and its seeming meaninglessness and arbitrariness. Absurd plays
assume a highly unusual, innovative form, directly aiming to startle the viewer, shaking him out of this comfortable, conventional life of everyday concerns.
This production is performed in a broad, vaudevillian style that brings out the comedy while acknowledging the absurdity of Ionesco's imagery. This production freshens up dusty old Macbeth. Ionesco tosses in lots
of humor and sight gags as he dishes up a scathing indictment of war, ambition, and politics.
Please be advised that this play includes adult material and is not appropriate for younger audiences.