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Frostburg State University Theatre to Present Ionesco's "The Bald Soprano" and "The Lesson"
03/31/2004

Frostburg State University Theatre will present “The Bald Soprano” and “The Lesson,” two absurdist one-act plays by Eugene Ionesco, on April 16, 17, 22, 23, and 24 at 8 p.m. and April 17 at 2 p.m. Performances will take place in the F. Perry Smith Studio Theatre of the Performing Arts Center.

A leader of absurdist theatre, Eugene Ionesco wrote his first play, "The Bald Soprano," while he taught himself English as a third language. Studying from the "Assimil Manual," he became intrigued by the banal and repetitive practice sentences, which ultimately influenced the dialogue of his characters. "The Bald Soprano" follows Mr. and Mrs. Smith as they discover “astonishing” truths about the world through a series of humorous conversations. In the company of this English couple—along with their maid and guests, Mr. and Mrs. Martin and the Fire Chief — we witness how language is used as a façade in their bourgeois society.

Labeled a “comic drama,” "The Lesson" also investigates the ways language can be used for purposes other than substantive human communication. An eager young pupil seeks tutelage in arithmetic and philology from her seemingly normal professor. As the lesson proceeds, the student becomes inundated with “knowledge,” which culminates in a twisted phonetic exercise on the word "knife."

For over 30 years "The Bald Soprano" and "The Lesson" have played night after night at the tiny Theatre de la Huchette in Paris.

Tickets are $5 for students and $10 for non-students. For reservations and information, call (301) 687-7462, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. To request accommodations through the ADA Compliance Office, call (301) 687-4102, TDD (301) 687-7955.

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