John Sanford, News Service (650) 736-2151; e-mail: email@example.com
Ionesco's The Chairs opens July 19 at Stanford
Stanford Summer Theater will stage The Chairs, Eugène Ionesco's 1952 comic-absurdist play, four nights a week beginning July 19 through Aug. 12.
The play reunites the actors and director from last year's Stanford Summer Theater production of Waiting for Godot: Geoff Hoyle, who has performed in one-man shows, on Broadway, with the Berkeley Repertory Theatre and the San Francisco-based American Conservatory Theater, as well as in movies and as a clown with the Pickle Family Circus and Cirque du Soleil; Jarek Truszczynski, a veteran of the Polish National Theater in Warsaw; Rush Rehm, associate professor of drama and classics and founder of Stanford Summer Theater; and director Aleksandra Wolska, a former Stanford doctoral student and an assistant professor of theater arts at the University of Minnesota.
The Chairs, which Ionesco called a "tragic farce," is about an elderly married couple an Old Man (Truszczynski) and Old Woman (Hoyle) living on an island where, one evening, a horde of invisible guests arrives. The Old Man has a revelatory message that the Orator (Rehm) is supposed to deliver to the unseen visitors sitting on a multitude of chairs.
Performances are scheduled for 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 7 p.m. Sunday at Stanford's Pigott Theater, next to Memorial Auditorium. A matinee is scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11. A reception will follow the play's July 19 performance.
Tickets are $20 (general admission) or $15 (with any valid student ID) and may be purchased at the Stanford Ticket Office or by calling (650) 725-ARTS or online at www.stanfordtheater.org.
By John Sanford