October 15

October 19, 2014

Upstairs at Chicago Shakespeare

from Eugène Ionesco
directed by Emmanuel Demarcy-Mota


The Play

When the director of Paris's illustrious Théâtre de la Ville staged Rhinoceros ten years ago, he developed a fascination for Ionesco's humor and his obsessions with cohabitation and solitude. Emmanuel Demarcy-Mota and his artistic collective re-examine the playwright's work—bringing its characters to life through excerpts from seven plays, including The Lesson and The Bald Soprano. The action on stage proves the artistry of one of the most prominent figures of French avant-garde theater remains as hilarious and hard-hitting as ever.


The Players

Creative Team

Emmanuel Demarcy-Mota Director

Christophe Lemaire Assistant Director

Jefferson Lembeye Music

Walter N'guyen Music

Yves Collet Set and Lighting Designer

François Regnault Artistic Collaborator


Charles-Roger Bour Ensemble

Céline Carrère Ensemble

Jauris Casanova Ensemble

Sandra Faure Ensemble

Stéphane Krähenbühl Ensemble

Olivier Le Borgne Ensemble

Gérald Maillet Ensemble

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