Writers John Ray and Pauletta Hansel and Chase Public invite you to join us for a participatory reading and discussion of excerpts from Eugene Ionesco's Rhinoceros and other works of dystopian and possibly prophetic fiction. Rhinoceros was the subject of a November 11 New York Times opinion piece, "A Time for Refusal." http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/11/magazine/a-time-for-refusal.html. The contributor, Teju Cole wrote, "Eugène Ionesco was French-Romanian. He wrote Rhinoceros in 1958 as a response to totalitarian movements in Europe, but he was influenced specifically by his experience of fascism in Romania in the 1930s. Ionesco wanted to know why so many people give in to these poisonous ideologies. How could so many get it so wrong? The play, an absurd farce, was one way he grappled with this problem."
How do we--artists, readers, citizens-- use art to reveal, reflect, respond, repudiate, resist? Are the questions Ionesco raises the questions we need to ask today? Who else is speaking to us through their art? How does our own art talk back?
We'll read parts of the play, plus selections from works like "1984" and "Fahrenheit 451." with a combination of actors and volunteers from the audience and then use it as a springboard for our own discussion.