COLLEGEVILLE, Pa. – Six actors. Twenty-four shows in a row. No breaks. No kidding.
Brat Productions’ 24-hour marathon performance of an absurd comedy, “The Bald Soprano,” will be staged by Ursinus College students Nov. 2-3 (2012; Friday and Saturday) beginning at 8 p.m. in the Black Box Studio Theater at the Kaleidoscope Performing Arts Center on the college’s Main Street campus. It represents the first college production of the Brat concept of performance pieces.
Eugene Ionesco’s hour-long comedy is repeated every hour on the hour. Once the curtain rises, it won’t fall again until 8 p.m. the next night. Audiences are welcome to come and go. Tickets cost $2 and will be sold in two-hour blocks, but can also be used for other time slots as long as seats are available. Tickets are available via e-mail to email@example.com, or by calling 610-409-3030.
A family time is scheduled Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon, when children age 12 and younger are admitted free in the company of a paying adult.
Brat Productions’ take on Ionesco’s classic tests the mental and physical fortitude of every performer as a spectacle of metaphysical nonsense, suburban banality, and sleep deprivation. The piece is intended as a biting satire of British social conventions. Written as a continuous loop that features onstage pranks and campus cameos, the ending begins the action all over again as the cast changes roles hourly.