The Actors Group will present an updated and Americanized version of Eugene Ionesco's antiplay, "The Bald Soprano."
The group had been performing at Club Z, but now it will be at a new venue, the Public Arts Academy, 217 W. Fourth St., which is located in the old Coffee and Tea Room, next to the Bullfrog Brewery, 229 W. Fourth St., and across from the Community Arts Center, 220 W. Fourth St.
The play, which is about nothing in particular, is an experiment in theater and language. From around the 1900s on, there has been turmoil in the artistic world, headed by such diverse artists as Duchamp, Schoenberg, Kafka, Joyce, Cocteau, Giraudoux, Beckett, Man Ray and others, and Ionesco is writing in this Zeitgeist.
Imagine mixing this artistic revolution with the Marx Brothers, and one might have some idea of the flavor of "The Bald
" 'The Bald Soprano' is the kind of play that I gravitate towards," Director Tom Ryersbach said.
"When Ionesco wrote it, he called it an 'anti-play,' which means that neither the director or the actors have anything to grab onto. We have nothing in terms of having a vision for the play or in terms of having any kind of character analysis. That kind of challenge is what I find interesting in theater. It's why we do the plays that we do."
Having very little to work with works out well for the Actor's Group, which keeps things minimal.
"It's been that way since we began," Ryersbach said. "We never had a set. Never had lights or sound that are worth a
damn. It's always been about the story and the actors."
The play features Susan Guinter, Tomas Powell, Kathleen Murray Houser, Jeff Dohrmann, Molly Bliss Blakeslee and Glen Blakeslee, and is stage managed by Jeane Ryersbach. It will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 23, 24 and 25. Tickets are $10 at the door. Call 322-0587 for more information.