RHINOCÉROS!

Rhinoceros Promo Image
Performance Dates
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Universalist National Memorial Church

1810 16th Street NW, DC 20009

First produced in 1959, Rhinocéros! presents a small town overrun with radical ideas, clashing ideology and not so subtle transformations. When Beringer, a local drunk, finds himself surrounded by neighbors who are slowly turning into giant beasts, he’s forced to navigate a new world where the rights of citizens are changing as rapidly as the body of the mob around him.

While the original script serves as an allegory for the rise of Facism in mid 20th century Europe, the story presents a familiar tone in public discourse and examines the ways in which a public is quickly radicalized.

Employing large scale puppetry to represent the transformation of people to beast, audiences will be confronted face to face with a cast of life size creatures.

Production Information

Show Type
Drama
Comedy
Approximate Running Time
120 minutes

Cast

Performer
Role
Berenger
Botard/Old Gentleman
Dudard/Waiter
Logician/Firefighter
Cafe Manager
Grocer's Wife/Mrs. Boeuf
Housewife
Grocer/Papillion

Creative Team

Playwright
Set Designer
Costume Designer
Sound Designer
Lighting Designer
Puppet Designer
Poster Art
Stage Manager
Props Designer/Master