NUTLEY, NJ - Nutley Little Theatre will present a free staged reading of "Rhinoceros" by playwright Eugène Ionesco this Sunday at 2 p.m.
The play is a response and criticism of the themes of conformity, culture, fascism, responsibility, logic, mass movements, mob mentality, philosophy, and morality. Though written in the middle of the 20th century, the themes addressed are as relevant in today's computer-driven social media culture as they were then. Could today's smart phones be our Rhinoceros?
Over the course of three acts, the inhabitants of a small, provincial French town turn into rhinoceroses; the lone human who does not succumb to this mass metamorphosis is the central character, Bérenger, a flustered everyman figure criticized in the play for his drinking, tardiness, slovenly lifestyle and his increasing paranoia and obsession with the rhinoceroses.
The cast includes Nelson Valentin of Bloomfield as Berenger and Gina Sarno of Nutley as Daisy. Ensemble members include Ginny Crooks, Melissa Hathaway, Steve Crooks and NLT President Nick Pascarella. Linda Ribaudo of Bloomfield directs and Joe Ribaudo of Bloomfield will run Foley/Sound.
Nutley Little Theatre is located at at 47 Erie Place, Nutley NJ.