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Eugene Ionesco

 
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Date of Birth: November 26, 1909
Date of Death: March 29, 1994 (84)

Birth Place: Slatina, ROMANIA
 
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Eugene Ionesco Awards and Nominations

 
Drama Desk Awards - 1998 - Outstanding Revival-Musical Gold Star
Eugene Ionesco, The Chairs
 
Drama Desk Awards - 1998 - Outstanding Revival-Play
Eugene Ionesco, The Chairs

Eugene Ionesco News

Southwark Playhouse Presents THE LESSON By Eugène Ionesco Photo Southwark Playhouse Presents THE LESSON By Eugène Ionesco
by A.A. Cristi - Jun 15, 2022

A mild-mannered professor takes on a new pupil, and swiftly descends into tyranny, becoming bent on her destruction.  The Lesson is a comically surreal exposé about power, knowledge and those who hoard both.

The Community Players of Concord Brings THE BALD SOPRANO to the Hatbox Photo The Community Players of Concord Brings THE BALD SOPRANO to the Hatbox
by Stephi Wild - Jun 13, 2022

The Community Players of Concord presents ‚ÄúThe Bald Soprano‚ÄĚ at the Hatbox Theatre in Concord from June 17 through June 26.¬† Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm, and Sundays at 2:00pm.

The Wilma Theater to Honor Co-Founding Artistic Director Blanka Zizka at FÊTE 2022 Photo The Wilma Theater to Honor Co-Founding Artistic Director Blanka Zizka at FÊTE 2022
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jun 7, 2022

The Wilma Theater announced today that Fête 2022 will honor retiring Co-Founding Artistic Director Blanka Zizka, who recently departed the company after 40 years in the position. Fête 2022 will be held on Monday June 13, 2022.

World Premieres of SCHOOL PICTURES and ETERNAL LIFE PART 1 & More Announced for The W Photo World Premieres of SCHOOL PICTURES and ETERNAL LIFE PART 1 & More Announced for The Wilma Theater 22/23 Season
by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 17, 2022

The Wilma Theater has announced the complete 2022/23 Season. Subscription packages for the 22/23 Season are on sale now.

TNC Presents New Yiddish Rep In CRAZY MESHUGE HURRICANE EARTHQUAKE, January 12-19 Photo TNC Presents New Yiddish Rep In CRAZY MESHUGE HURRICANE EARTHQUAKE, January 12-19
by A.A. Cristi - Dec 21, 2021

From January 12 to 19, 2022, Theater for the New City will present the New Yiddish Rep production of 'Crazy Meshuge Hurricane Earthquake' by Amy Coleman, directed by David Mandelbaum. 

Pointless Theatre Returns To In-Person Programming with Ionesco's RHINOCEROS Photo Pointless Theatre Returns To In-Person Programming with Ionesco's RHINOCEROS
by A.A. Cristi - Nov 22, 2021

Pointless Theatre has announced their first in-person programming since the summer of 2019 - an original translation of Eugene Ionesco's seminal play RHINOCEROS! 

Red Line Productions Announces 2021-22 Lineup At The Old Fitz Theatre Photo Red Line Productions Announces 2021-22 Lineup At The Old Fitz Theatre
by Stephi Wild - Feb 28, 2021

On 17 March 2020, the Old Fitzroy Theatre went dark. Now, one year and a day later, Red Line Productions have turned on the lights once again for a year of spectacular and exciting theatre.

BWW Review: The Royal Knight Stage Company of River Ridge High School Presents the Co Photo BWW Review: The Royal Knight Stage Company of River Ridge High School Presents the Cool and Disturbing NEIGHBORHOOD 3: REQUISITION OF DOOM
by Peter Nason - Nov 7, 2020

Director David O'Hara does it again with this very entertaining streaming event!

The Idiopathic Ridiculopathy Consortium Presents INTO THE ABSURD Photo The Idiopathic Ridiculopathy Consortium Presents INTO THE ABSURD
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Oct 19, 2020

The passions and purpose of creators in the community and around the country are the centerpiece of weekly virtual conversations on Into the Absurd: A Virtually Existential Dinner Conversation presented every Saturday at 5 pm on Zoom and Facebook Live by The Idiopathic Ridiculopathy Consortium.

New and Upcoming Releases For the Week of October 5 - Josh Groban, THE SPONGEBOB MUSI Photo New and Upcoming Releases For the Week of October 5 - Josh Groban, THE SPONGEBOB MUSICAL, and More!
by Stephi Wild - Oct 7, 2020

This week's list includes new music from Josh Groban and Broadway songs from Seth MacFarlane. In addition, The SpongeBob Musical is coming to DVD, and the lyrics of Hadestown are now available!

Eugene Ionesco Videos

Broadway Rewind: EXIT THE KING Makes an Entrance on Broadway in 2009 VideoBroadway Rewind: EXIT THE KING Makes an Entrance on Broadway in 2009
by BroadwayWorld TV - Apr 12, 2020

BroadwayWorld's Richard Ridge says, 'That this episode of Broadway Rewind features something Toxic, something Royal and something Academic.' We drop by New World Stages for a look at the David Bryan and Joe DePietro musical, The Toxic Avenger. We also visit with two-time Tony Award winner Matthew Broderick and the cast of Roundabout's production of The Philanthropist, but we kick it off at the opening night of director Neil Armfield's production of Eugene Ionesco's Exit The King, which starred Academy Award winners Geoffrey Rush and Susan Sarandon, Tony Award winner Andrea Martin and Lauren Ambrose. Geoffrey Rush told Ridge, 'I just phoned my wife and said, 'Darling I just made my Broadway debut and it's a marker. It's not what I aimed for. I had never really, seriously ever thought about it... I used to listen to a lot of Broadway musical theatre back in the mid 60's when I was in high school. Next to the Beatles, I was listening to Angela Lansbury in Mame or Tommy Steele in Half a Sixpence or Zero Mostel in Fiddler. I'm pretty well seasoned in that kind of energy, and to be able to bring a weird and wonderful play like Exit the King into that arena, has been just so special.'

VIDEO: RHINOCEROS Director Discusses the Future of Yiddish Theatre VideoVIDEO: RHINOCEROS Director Discusses the Future of Yiddish Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Aug 31, 2017

In a new video, Rhinoceros director Moshe Yassur reflects on Yiddish Theatre and explains how this production hopes to make an impact on its future. Check it out below!

VIDEO: RHINOCEROS Star Explains Yiddish Theatre's Influence on Eugene Ionesco VideoVIDEO: RHINOCEROS Star Explains Yiddish Theatre's Influence on Eugene Ionesco
by BWW News Desk - Aug 28, 2017

In the video below, Caraid O'Brien, Irish-born Catholic actress, playwright, translator and Yiddish expert, explains Yiddish Theatre's influence on legendary absurdist playwright Eugene Ionesco. Check it out!

VIDEO: RHINOCEROS Director Talks Eugene Ionesco's Take on Theatre of the Absurd VideoVIDEO: RHINOCEROS Director Talks Eugene Ionesco's Take on Theatre of the Absurd
by BWW News Desk - Aug 17, 2017

At the first rehearsal, director Moshe Yassur succinctly explained to the play's cast Ionesco's perception of Theatre of the Absurd, as documented in the video below! Called 'an allegory for our times' by The New York Times, Eugene Ionesco's Rhinoceros is generally cited as one of the main influences of Theatre of the Absurd.

STAGE TUBE: Sneak Peek - Susan Sarandon Joins Season 3 of Showtime's THE BIG C
by Caryn Robbins - Apr 13, 2012

Academy Award-winning actress Susan Sarandon will join the cast of the third season of Showtime's drama series THE BIG C. The actress will make her first appearance on April 22nd.

Rough and Tumble Presents 'A History of Human Stupidity' April 8-25
by Robert Diamond - Mar 1, 2010

The Bay Area's award-winning Rough and Tumble proudly presents the World Premiere of A HISTORY OF HUMAN STUPIDITY, the company's first commission for the stage, and second collaboration with acclaimed playwright and former Neo-Futurist Andy Bayiates (43 Plays for 43 Presidents). Rough and Tumble founding Artistic Director Cliff Mayotte helms this hilarious journey through stupid human behavior, featuring Louise Chegwidden, Eowyn Mader, Carolyn Doyle, Charisse Loriaux, and Betsy Picart, with original music composed and performed by renowned Bay Area jazz composer Phillip Greenlief. A HISTORY OF HUMAN STUPIDITY plays April 8-25 (press openings: Friday, April 9 and Saturday, April 10) at LaVals Subterranean Theatre in Berkeley. For tickets ($16/20) and information, the public may call 510-499-0356 or visit www.randt.org or brownpapertickets.com.

Broadway Beat's Priceless Spotlight - Susan Sarandon
by Eddie Varley - Sep 11, 2009

Welcome to BroadwayWorld TV's weekly video series, BroadwayBeat's Priceless Spotlight. The program presents special moments by some of theatre's past, present, and future greats!

Broadway Beat's Priceless Spotlight - Geoffrey Rush
by Eddie Varley - Jul 24, 2009

Welcome to BroadwayWorld TV's weekly video series, BroadwayBeat's Priceless Spotlight. The program presents special moments by some of theatre's past, present, and future greats!

STAGE TUBE: 'EXIT THE KING' Star Geoffrey Rush Talks With John Lahr
by Eddie Varley - May 28, 2009

EXIT THE KING's Tony nominated Geoffrey Rush is currently featured in The New Yorker's new video series, Conversations with John Lahr.


Eugene Ionesco Frequently Asked Questions

How many shows has Eugene Ionesco written?
Eugene Ionesco has written 15 shows including The Chairs/ The Lesson (Playwright), Victims of Duty (Playwright), The Shepherd's Chamelon (Playwright), Rhinoceros (Playwright), The Bald Soprano/ The Lesson (Playwright), The New Tenant/ Victim of Duty (Playwright), Exit the King (Playwright), Ionescopade (Source Material), How to Get Rid of It (Source Material), The Lesson (Playwright), Rhinoceros (Playwright), The Chairs (Playwright), Fairytales of the Absurd (Playwright), The Bald Soprano and The Lesson (Playwright), The Bald Soprano (Playwright).

What awards has Eugene Ionesco been nominated for?
Outstanding Revival-Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for The Chairs and Outstanding Revival-Play (Drama Desk Awards) for The Chairs .

What awards has Eugene Ionesco won?
Outstanding Revival-Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for The Chairs.