In this video director Annie Elias describes the rehearsal process for The Chairs, by Eugene Ionesco.
This tragic farce, in the tradition of Cutting Ball’s hit productions of Ionesco’s The Bald Soprano (2010) and Victims of Duty (2008), is as comedic as it is heartbreaking. The Chairs follows an elderly couple who pass their time in an abandoned seaside building playing private games and telling each other half-remembered stories. Adrift in a world of their own, the Old Man resolves to convey his wisdom to a lifetime of friends, but while the Old Woman frantically sets out chairs, all of their invited guests appear to be imaginary. An eccentric meditation on the human condition, The Chairs humorously blurs the line between fantasy and hallucination, as the couple’s game becomes their reality. Directed by Annie Elias (Tenderloin), Melrose’s new translation offers a fresh take on this absurdist masterpiece.
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