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Philly Theatre Week - Eugene Ionesco's The Bald Soprano

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This re-envisioned remount of the 2017 IRC production will be once again staged at The Bethany Mission Gallery, and will feature updated costume and set design, celebrating the wild and free-spirited 1960’s with ample nod to the unspooling of communication post 2016 US Presidential election. Unraveling amid two hundred works of outsider art, the collection will be open to the public prior and following each evening’s performance. 

Since 2014, the IRC has presented Ionesco audience-favorites Rhinoceros, Exit the King and The Chairs. The Bald Soprano was Ionesco’s first play, created while attempting to learn English from a primer. Ionesco believed he was writing a tragedy, but audiences responded otherwise. The play has been in continuous performance since 1957 at the Théâtre de la Huchette in Paris, and holds the world record for the show that has played non-stop in the same theatre. The nearly 18, 000 performances of The Bald Soprano have been seen by over 2 million spectators.

The IRC 2020 production features the 2017 cast: Sonja Robson and John Zak as the Smiths; Tomas Dura as Mary, the Maid, and Tina Brock and Bob Schmidt as The Martins. Carlos Forbes joins the cast as The Fireman. Costumes by Erica Hoelscher.

Philly Theatre Week:
Thursday, 2/6 at 7:30pm
Friday, 2/7 at 7:30pm
Saturday, 2/8 at 7:30pm
Sunday, 2/9 at 2:30pm
Thursday, 2/13 at 7:30pm
Friday, 2/14 at 7:30pm
Saturday 2/15 at 7:30pm
Sunday, 2/16 at 2:30pm


Eugene Ionesco


Tina Brock

Estimated Run Time

70 minutes

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Feb 6 - Feb 16, 2020
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