TheatreUNCA Mainstage Season


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Absurdist One Acts: Pinter "The Room" & Innoesco "The Bald Soprano"


Feb. 28th, March 1st and 2nd at 7:30pm and March 3rd at 2pm

First up - a One Act doubleheader into the Theatre of the Absurd.

What is absurd you ask?  According to the dictionary: "ab·surd·is described as an adjective: absurd; comparative adjective: absurder; superlative adjective: absurdest

    wildly unreasonable, illogical, or inappropriate.
    "the allegations are patently absurd"
    synonyms: preposterous, ridiculous, ludicrous, farcical, laughable, risible, idiotic, stupid, foolish, silly, inane, imbecilic, insane, harebrained, cockamamie".

The Theatre of the Absurd ( "is a post–World War II designation for particular plays of absurdist fiction written by a number of primarily European playwrights in the late 1950s, as well as one for the style of theatre which has evolved from their work. Their work focused largely on the idea of existentialism and expressed what happens when human existence has no meaning or purpose and therefore all communication breaks down. Logical construction and argument gives way to irrational and illogical speech and to its ultimate conclusion, silence."

TheatreUNCA will present two prime examples of The Theatre of the Absurd:

"The Room", Harold Pinter's first play, written and first produced in 1957 and "The Bald Soprano", an absurdist comedy by Eugene Ionesco, translation by Tina Howe.

Performances Feb. 28th, March 1st and 2nd at 7:30pm and March 3rd at 2pm. More about this production to come.

General Admission tickets are $12

Faculty/Senior tickets $10

Students/UNCA Alumni/OLLI Students $7

Ticket prices do not include taxes and fees.

      "The Room" is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service Inc., New York

      "The Bald Soprano (trans. Howe)" is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.


Next will be an original piece developed by our students with the help of the acclaimed SITI Company from New York.

Siti Company

During the Spring 2019 Semester, the professional, New York-based SITI Company will be in residence at UNC Asheville as part of the Black Mountain College Legacy Fellowship. Founded in 1992 by Anne Bogart and Tadashi Suzuki, the SITI Co. is internationally-known for their ensemble-based, experimental original work. Their mission is to redefine and revitalize contemporary theater in the United States through an emphasis on international cultural exchange and collaboration. SITI Company’s Co-Artistic Director, Leon Ingulsrud, will work with UNC Asheville students to develop a new performance piece by applying John Cage’s musical composition technique to the creation of a theatrical performance. Using the score of John Cage’s Lecture on Nothing as a text, we will explore various composition techniques with an emphasis on chance operations. As part of this work, the Viewpoints technique and some aspects of the Suzuki Method of Actor Training will be studied. This show will be developed, performed and premiered in April 2019 as the last show of TheatreUNCA’s mainstage season.

Public performances of the piece will be April 18th, 19th and 20th at 7:30pm and April 20th @ 2:00pm.

General Admission tickets are $12

Faculty/Senior tickets $10

Students/UNCA Alumni/OLLI Students $7

Ticket prices do not include taxes and fees.

In August, we will tour this show to Scotland to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. This once-in-a-lifetime experience will give us the opportunity to showcase the creativity and talent of UNC Asheville's students on a world stage and continue the legacy of innovative and provocative art-making inspired by the regions' Black Mountain College. In order to make this experience affordable and accessible to our students, we have started a fundraising campaign. Will you consider a donation to support this unique and exciting international learning experience for our students? You may visit this link to make an online tax deductible donation.