RHINOCEROS by Eugene Ionesco

January 31st at 7pm   |  Telluride Arts Headquarters, 135 W Pacific Ave  |  FREE & open to the public

THE PLAY’S THE THING is free and open to the public.  As always, donations are encouraged ($10 suggested donation, a hat will be passed)


For more information or to be an active participant in THE PLAY’S THE THING, please call 708-7629.

THE PLAY’S THE THINGa reading series brought to you by Telluride Theatre, is returning for their 2018 season.  Bringing great theatrical literature to life with staged readings THE PLAY’S THE THING is a fresh, fun way to experience theatre. 

Theatre lover? Literature hound? Join Telluride Theatre for a special play reading series featuring classic, modern and new scripts.  THE PLAY’S THE THING is part performance, part reading and part discussion. Think… book club for plays.  Think… dynamic performance meets great literature.

There will be four readings during 2018, FREE and open to the public.  Prior to the reading - the script along with compiled history, background and playwright information will be made available for anyone who would like to do some reading before the performance.  Email sasha@telluridetheatre.org for a link to the script. Audience members can opt to come without pre-reading anything and hear great plays performed by rehearsed actors.  After the FREE reading, there will be an open discussion of the play. 

“We had this reading series a few years back and it was very successful. A great way for audiences to hear the beauty of these scripts without a full production.  Reading plays for non-theatrical people can also be very challenging, they are written to be heard and this is the public’s chance to be exposed to incredible works of art.  It also allows our actors the chance to sink their teeth into great writing, drama and classic theatrical characters,” states Sasha Sullivan Telluride Theatre’s Artistic Director.  She goes on to say, “If you are a lover of reading, writing, theatre, acting, this is an event for you.  It is also a great way for people who would like to try to perform to dip their toes in.  The rehearsal process is short and actors will gain great skills participating in these readings.”

Our first reading will be Wednesday, January 31st - RHINOCEROS by Eugene Ionesco. “In Ionesco’s absurdist masterpiece RHINOCEROS, the inhabitants of a small, provincial French town slowly start to turn into rhinoceroses. Bérenger, is the only one who doesn’t succumb to this mass metamorphosis, experiencing paranoia and obsession with the rhinoceroses. RHINOCEROS was written as a response and criticism to the sudden upsurge of Fascism and Nazism preceding World War II, and explores the themes of conformity, culture, fascism, responsibility, logic, mass movements, mob mentality, philosophy and morality.”

Truly a play for our current political times