RHINOCEROS

By Eugene Ionesco, Translated by Derek Prouse, Directed by Fadi Skeiker

April 25 – 28 at the Arts Bank Theater

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Imagine you live in a small town that is besieged by one roaring citizen who becomes a rhinoceros, tramples on the social order, and the rest of the town follows suit. Could you maintain your human form and identity, or would you, too, be lured into the “beauty” of brute force and violence? When all members of your society are thinking the same way and behaving the same way, will you want to be part of the mob? Or will you stick to your individuality, despite being alone in your human form?  Eugène Ionesco’s absurdist play, RHINOCEROS, is a simple story that raises complex questions about the responsibility of the citizen when faced with radical thoughts.

$15 General Admission | $10 Discounted Admission for Students, Seniors, and Industry Members | FREE for the UArts Community (students, staff, faculty, alumni) with UArts ID or online code*

*Email jjaynes@uarts.edu from your UArts email account for comp code

FEATURING

  • Jaz Blain as Bérenger
  • Joseph McAndrew as Jean
  • Christina Carelli as Daisy
  • Isabella Bernhardt as Dudard
  • Lincoln Millard as Botard
  • Jocelyn Kilpatrick as Popillon
  • Lorenza Bernasconi as Mrs. Boeuf
  • Zoe Nebraska Feldman as the Journalist
  • Matt Donzella  as the Logician
  • Justin Rubenstein as the Aging Boomer
  • Rebecca Arencibia as the Waitress
  • Sarah Bastian as Fire Fighter 1
  • Stephen Perkins as Fire Fighter 2

 

Justin Rubenstein He/Him
JUSTIN RUBENSTEIN He/Him ‘21 (Aging Boomer) is thrilled to be making his Brind School season debut in Rhinoceros! UArts Credits: Parade (Young Soldier), Guys and Dolls (ASM). Many thanks to his loving friends and family for their constant support.
Brennah Leone She/Her
(Assistant Stage Manager) is a Freshman DPP major. She is so excited and grateful to be working on such a tremendous and thought provoking piece. All her love to the cast, team, and crew, and a big thank you to her parents for supporting her and sending their lil baby off to Philly to work on her craft here at UArts.
Isabella Bernhardt She/Her
Isabella is a sophomore music theatre major taking a stab at straight theatre. She has previously been seen as Nicely Nicely Johnson in the Brind School production of Guys and Dolls. She would like to thank her ever supportive parents and the cast and creative team who made this ambitious project possible!
Kat Wheary They/Them
Kat is a junior Theatre Design and Technology major. Previous credits for props include Heartland (InterAct), Trojan Women, Year of the Rooster, Ice Cream, The Maids, Hunchback of Notre Dame, These Terrible Things, and A Little More Spring (all UARTS). Previous lighting credits include Click (AME), Equinox 2019 (ME), Guys and Dolls (ALD), and Acedia (ALD).
Brittney Anderson She/Her
Brittney Anderson She/Her ’20 (Assistant Director/Dramaturg/Adaptor) is a Junior Directing, Playwriting, and Production major. Past UArts credits include Equinox 2017, Mr. Marmalade, Lucille’s Lantern, Acedia, Equinox 2018: Just Another Normal Conversation, Guys & Dolls, Equinox 2019, and Sea Monkey: The Musical. Regional: Period Play (Philadelphia Women’s Theatre Festival), Saturday Night Fever (Lake Worth Playhouse, FL), Simone R.P.T.8 (Philadelphia Fringe Festival 2017), and Just Another Normal Conversation (Philadelphia Fringe Festival 2018). Much love to all the Rhinos!
Jocelyn Kilpatrick She/Her
Jocelyn Kilpatrick She/Her 19′ (Papillon) is a Junior Musical Theatre Major. Jocelyn is humbled to be performing in the Arts Bank mainstage theater for the third time. Past Uarts Credits include Trojan Women, American Idiot, and Make ‘Em Cry Uncle. Although musical theatre is her main focus, she is an avid shakespearean actor who is excited to spend her summer performing with Delaware Shakespeare in The Merry Wives of Windsor through their College Apprentice Company. She hopes to move to New York after graduation to pursue a full time career in theatre.
Sarah Bastian She/Her
‘22 (Firefighter) is a Freshman Musical Theater Major, and she’s very excited to be a part of of her first Brind School production. She’d like to thank the professors that have made her first year at UArts a transformative one, as well as her parents for supporting her all the way.
Rodney Murray He/Him
Rodney Murray He/Him ’21 is a Sophomore Directing, Playwriting, and Production major who hopes to donate his body to science posthumously. Previous choreographic projects include: Acedia (Assistant to the Choreographer) and O(rest)eia (Choreographer). Endless thanks to friends and family. rodneymurrayjr.com
Joseph McAndrew They/Them
Joseph, they/them (Jean,) is a junior Writing for Film & TV major. With their focus in series writing, Joseph also works with documentary and experimental styles. Outside of the film department, playwriting, directing, and acting have been important aspects of Joseph’s creative journey at UArts, and they’re very thankful for the opportunities given to them from the theater school.
Christina Carelli She/Her
CHRISTINA CARELLI She/Her ’21 (Daisy) is a Sophomore Acting major and has received critical acclaim for eating what is perhaps the last Twix ice cream bar at Terra Dining Hall. Past UArts credits include Why Am I Used to This?, Acedia, and O(rest)eia. Other credits: Romeo and Juliet (Wilma). She would like to thank her parents, her family, her friends, and her cat for all of their endless love and support.
Jaz Blain They/Them
Jaz Blain (They/Them) Berenger – Is over the moon with the joy that they have gotten to play in this production of Rhinoceros with an incredible group of artists that never ceases to warm their heart. Past productions include: Romeo and Juliet (The Wilma) and Just Another Normal Conversation (Philly Fringe).
Amir Gad He/Him
This is Amir’s first Brind School Production after transferring into the DPP program, and is very honored to be part of bringing Rhinoceros to life. He hopes you enjoy the show! Other credits include Props Master for The Heathers, American Idiot, and the Equinox 2019 Festival.
Stephen Perkins He/Him
Stephen (he/him) is a freshman musical theatre major. He is super excited to be working with such cool people and to be in his first major production at UArts. He wants to thank his family and high school choir and theatre teachers for pushing him to pursue this amazing art.
Lincoln Millard They/Them
Past UArts credits include An Incomplete List (Micah), Guys and Dolls (Sky Masterson), Retrograde (Z), American Idiot (Ensemble), and Normativity (Dev). They would like to give a shoutout to their dogs for their undying love and support.
Paul Matteson He/Him
Paul Matteson is an assistant professor in the School of Dance. His research explores methods for generating inventive personal movement within collaborative choreography. He is thrilled to collaborate with Fadi Skeiker and the Ira Brind School of Theater Arts on this production.
Larry Barnes He/Him
Brendon Gawel He/Him
is a proud UArts theatre alum, class of 2001. Since then he’s been an actor, director, teacher, puppeteer, and mask-maker here in Philadelphia and abroad. He is the founder and artistic director of the international Commedia dell’Arte company Ombelico Mask Ensemble, a supervisor and performer with Healthy Humor Inc., and a volunteer performer with Clowns Without Borders USA.
Emily Wanamaker She/Her
EMILY WANAMAKER She/Her ‘19 is a Senior Directing, Playwriting, and Production major. Past UArts credits include Click (Dramaturg), O(rest)eia (Director/Playwright), Sonnets for an Old Century (Dramaturg), and Mr. Marmalade (Stage Manager). Regional: This Is A Play About Buttons (Philadelphia Fringe 2018, Playwright/Producer). Thank you to Fadi and the rest of the cast and team for a great final UArts production.
Zoe Nebraska Feldman She/Her
is graduating this May with a BFA in Acting! Regional: Romeo and Juliet (The Wilma Theater). UArts: Oresteia, Sonnets for an Old Century, Edison, The Elementary Spacetime Show (produced in Philadelphia Fringe ’16 and later at Playwrights Horizons), Eat and You Belong to Us. Fringe Festivals: Edison (Prague and Edinburgh), Salamander (Philadelphia). She acts in the thesis films of Nicolas Cornew ’19, Christian Brady ’19, and Ryan Haagen ’19 which will be screened on May 4th and 5th. Big love to this fearless cast and crew. Big thanks to anyone who encouraged or sat and watched failure. LOVE YOU MOMS.
Lorenza Bernasconi She/Her
Lorenza Bernasconi she/her (Mrs. Boeuf) Is a Latinx multilingual actor. She is both a Junior & a Senior Musical Theatre Major. Past Uarts Credits: Hart Island Requiem(Jasmine), Blood(Megan), Ancient Future and Stone Groove Shagadelic Disco. Philadelphia Credits: Cristal Palace (The Kimmel Center), Passport (Teatro del Sol), Las Mujeres ( Power Street Theatre Company). Mil gracias Rhinos, Mary & mi familia!
Christopher Haig He/Him
CHRISTOPHER HAIG (Set Designer) is a graduate and faculty member of UArts. Arden Theater Company: Set Designer for At the Old Place, Every Brilliant Thing, Snow White; Props Master for the last 8 seasons. Regional: Time Is On Our Side (Barrymore nomination), Hir, The Amish Project, The Black Monk, The Meep Project, Dead Man’s Cell Phone (Simpatico Theatre); The Few and Peter & the Starcatcher (Theatre Horizon); Buyer & Cellar (1812 Productions); Twelfth Night (Shakespeare in Clark Park); Love, Lies & Taxidermy (Inis Nua Theatre Company); Two Street: A Tale of Star-crossed Mummers, Antihero, Shut Your Wormhole, Heavy Metal Dance Fag (Tribe of Fools). www.chrishaigdesigns.com
Matt Donzella He/Him
Matt Donzella ‘20, He/Him (The Logician) is a Junior Musical Theatre major. UArts credits: Guys and Dolls, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Cowboy Bob, Parade, Folk Wandering. Regional: Romeo & Juliet (The Wilma Theater) Newsies (APAC). He would like to extend his gratitude and love to his collaborators, friends and family.
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