Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Rhinoceros en Californie!

With Théâtre de la Ville making their American premiere on the West Coast, David Eden Productions is delighted to report news of a remarkably warm welcome and a rapturous response from audiences and critics alike for the company's production of Rhinoceros.
With two performances kicking off the inaugural season of the Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA (CAP-UCLA), as part of the amazing program Kristy Edmunds has planned in Los Angeles, Ionesco's words demonstrated the potency and poignancy of his dramatic vision. Charles McNulty observed in The Los Angeles Times that this "smart, sleek production," directed by Emmanuel Demarcy-Mota, "allows us to connect to Ionesco's deeply human vision," with "Serge Maggiani beautifully captur[ing] Bérenger's bedraggled, unheroic humanity."
The company and crew are now preparing for their three performances in the Bay Area, presented by Cal Performances at Zellerbach Hall on the UC Berkeley campus on September 27 (8pm), September 28 (8pm), and September 29 (2pm). Cal Performances' director, Matías Tarnopolsky, recently spoke about their fall season in San Francisco Classical Voice, and the much anticipated engagement has already been highlighted as a "must see" event by the critics and editors of the San Francisco Chronicle, San Jose Mercury News, The Examiner, and Theatre Bay Area.

Emmanuel Demarcy-Mota (l) and Serge Maggiani (r) speak with The Honorable Bertrand Delanoë, Mayor of Paris (far left)

Adding to the excitement for this week's performances in Berkeley is the visit to the Bay Area by the Mayor of Paris, Bertrand Delanoë, who will join the company at their opening night performance.

The production will be hosted by BAM as part of the Next Wave Festival on October 4, 5, and 6. The following week, David Eden Productions will take the touring party to Ann Arbor, Michigan, where the final American performances will be presented by University Musical Society (UMS) on October 11, 12, and 13. We very much hope you will have an opportunity to experience this magnificent theatrical accomplishment. Visit YouTube to see video clips from the production and to find footage from archival interviews with Eugene Ionesco.

The US tour of Rhinoceros is made possible by support from Institut Français and City of Paris. Additional help has been provided by Vivendi, the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States and the Société des Auteurs et Compositeurs Dramatiques.

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