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Eclectic Full Contact Theatre in collaboration with THEatre HEIST has announced the cast and creatives for Eugene Ionesco’s RHINOCEROS.
Directed by THEatre HEIST founder Aaron Henrickson, the cast will feature Eclectic Company member Andy Blaustein (Berenger), Justin Tstsa (Jean), Anna Donnell (Grocer’s Wife/Mrs. Beof), Shane Roberie (Proprietor/Old Man), Melissa Reeves (Ms. Papillon/Ensemble), Nicola Rinow (Daisy), Joshua Paul Seeger (Old Gentleman/Musician), Chris Fowler (Dudard/Waiter), Michael C. Hyatt (Grocer/Fireman), Jennifer L. Mickelson (Logician/Old Woman), Elliot Plowman (Botard/Cook), and Margo Chervony (Housewife/Ensemble).
The production team includes David Servillo (Assistant Director), Laura Carney (Scenic Designer), Rachel Lake (Lighting Designer), Allison Smith (Costume Designer), Eric Backus (Sound Designer), and Becky Robbins (Production Stage Manager).
A businessman and his prominent family are on a destructive stampede, and recruiting others to join in their annihilation of their own town. Will the town #resist, or fall victim to the crush of a hostile takeover disguised as a social movement? Terrifying isolation meets explosive laughter in this cautionary comedy about the dangers of impending populism, mob mentality, and complacency in the face of a totalitarian takeover. This unfortunately timely dark comedy takes place in a world very similar to our own.
RHINOCEROS runs August 28th – September 16th. Admission is a suggested donation of $17, all of which goes to the actors and creative team. Tickets can be reserved now at eclectic-theatre.com/rhinoceros.