Full Length Play
Time Period - 1930s, 1920s
FEATURES / CONTAINS
Unit Set/Multiple Settings
Mild Adult Themes
Adult, Teen (Age 14 - 18)
College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre, Large Stage, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups
In this seriously demented experimental piece ten actors play a remarkable variety of characters, including Gide, Camus, Brecht, Napoleon, a Surrealist Banana, Toulouse-Lautrec, Anais Nin, a homicidal doll, nuns, Hitler and many others. Antonin Artaud, near the end of his life, is invited to speak before the cream of the French artistic and intellectual community, but his increasingly incoherent groans and shrieks unfold into a surreal history of his life and struggles that is both moving and funny. The artist's nightmare given flesh and animal noises. Spooky and madcap. Dark, sad, and absurd. A play about the holiness of the theatre and the price one pays for it.
First produced at Indiana State University in 1982.