"Lunacy is lunacy and that's all there is to it! Everyone knows what lunacy is. And what about the rhinoceroses- are they practice or are they theory?"
By Eugene Ionesco
Translated by Derek Prouse
Directed by Lochlan Cox
Set Design by Hans Krause
Costume Design by Kyle Maenz
Lighting Design by Linas Kairys
Sound Design by Connor Delaney
April 5th-7th, 2018 at the Aki Studio
A play about how the unusual and absurd can become dangerously accepted. A play about the ugly nature of conformity and mob mentality. Rhinoceros is a play by Eugène Ionesco, written in 1959. Over the play, the inhabitants of a small, provincial French town turn into rhinoceroses.The play is often read as a response and criticism to the sudden upsurge of Fascism and Nazism during the events preceding World War II. Depressingly relevant today, this will be inaugural production of Douze Citrons Productions, and we are so excited to perform for you.
I first discovered the work of Eugene Ionesco in my first year of university. I was attending the University of Ottawa at the time and The Bald Soprano was one of the plays on our required "watching list" for class. I remember watching the fourth-year acting students create these strange, familiar characters on a gorgeously constructed set, and I was in awe that something could be so alien yet so wholly relatable. Since my discovery of the theatre of the absurd I have constantly been chasing a weird, unique aesthetic, and Rhinoceros very much falls into that category.
The beauty (to me) about Rhinoceros is that it is so very zany, yet it is very much a play about contemporary events--Berenger, the protagonist, is an alcoholic man who one day discovers, along with one of his only friends, Jean, that there is a rhinoceros in their small village. One by one everyone in the village eventually change into rhinoceroses as well, and Berenger remains under constant criticism--first for his slovenly behaviour and then his growing paranoia that the rhinos cannot be stopped. The play does contain many parallels to certain contemporary social and political events, but Ionesco very much leaves the audience to draw their own conclusions from a number of themes--conformity, fascism, and mob mentality chief among them. I hope to assist those audiences to at very least face these issues and recognize their absurdity.
Rhinoceros addresses the aforementioned issues with a somewhat lighthearted manner, but it does not coddle the viewer in any way--it is not a happy play, necessarily, but one that is not afraid to shine a light on the ridiculousness of humanity when faced with what they feel are but two options.
I believe that my team and I are going to be able to adhere to an incredible aesthetic that will really benefit the storytelling provided by Eugene Ionesco. I expect to be blown away with the art Douze Citrons and I are going to create, and I sincerely hope that you will be too.
- Lochlan Cox
585 Dundas St E, Toronto, ON M5A 2B7
LOCHLAN COX | DIRECTOR
Rhinoceros will be Lochlan's directorial debut, and he is very proud to be working alongside such an excellent team of artists. Lochlan is a huge fan of anything weird--and that telling stories in an absurd way often allows for a better understanding of their themes.
Lochlan is very thankful for the chances he has gotten to work with companies such as Shakespeare Street Theatre, the Ryerson School of Performance, Process Theatre, and Mainstage Theatre over the first few years of his theatre career. He looks forward to creating with Douze Citrons.
MAYA FINDLAY | STAGE MANAGER
Maya Findlay is currently a fourth-year student in the performance production program, where she specialized in Stage Management, and Wardrobe. Her passion is for theatre that evokes thought, discussion, and educates.
Previous works includes: Assistant Stage Manager (Dances 2015 with James Kudelka, Ryerson) Head of Props (The Seventh Seal, Ryerson), Assistant Stage Manager (Silenced, HerStoryCounts) Wardrobe Supervisor (Julius Ceasar, Ryerson), Stage Manager & Animator (Shadow Girls, PencilKit Productions), Costume Designer (The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, Ryerson) Stage Manager (Choreographic Works 2018, Ryerson). She is very excited to be part of the Rhinoceros team!
HANS KRAUSE | SET DESIGNER
Hans is a theatre artist interested in the nitty gritty of how stories are told and the possibility for new kinds of stories. Dedicated to a holistic method of narrative he works in most visual and sonic aspects of theatre including set, projection, automation, atmospheric effects, unconventional show control, lighting, and sound. He founded the Tin Cork Artist Collective in 2015 to collaborate with other young theatre artists in a dedicated work space. He has worked on a wide range of projects with Sticks and String Company, Bad Dog Theatre Company, Shadowland Theatre, choreographers Drew Berry and Michaela St. Pierre, Luminato, Pan Am, Datassist, Ryerson Theatre School and more.
KYLE MAENZ | COSTUME DESIGNER
Kyle is a theatre student at Ryerson Theatre School in his fourth year. His focus is costume and makeup design but he dabbles in props and carpentry. He is the co-producer and costume designer of Rhinoceros. He has worked as hair and makeup designer for The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (2017) and Jack and the Beanstalk (2017). He was the wardrobe supervisor for PEACE (2017), head dresser for Ryerson Dances 2016 and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2015). He believes in a strong emphasis on visual storytelling and narrative of all forms.
CONNOR DELANEY | SOUND DESIGNER AND COMPOSER
Raised in Stratford, Ontario, Connor has experience in both Sound Design and Music Direction. He is currently in the Production program at the Ryerson School of Performance.
He is the Music Director for Ryerson Musical Theatre Company’s production of Into the Woods opening in February of 2018. This will complete his third year with the company in the following positions: Music Director and Sound Designer for The Drowsy Chaperone (2017) and Music Director for Thoroughly Modern Millie (2016). Other credits include Music Director for St. Michael Catholic High School’s productions of The Phantom of the Opera (2017) and The Spitfire Grill (2014).
Connor also has extensive experience as a vocal coach, organist, pianist, arranger and conductor
LINAS KAIRYS | LIGHTING DESIGNER
Linas has assumed many roles on and off the stage over the last several years. Now Studying at Ryerson University, he has designed many shows in these last few years. Linas has enjoyed the opportunity to work closely with his fellow colleagues and Designers. With bight new ideas every day, he's focused to create new and interesting designs that will keep your heart illuminated.