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Rhinoceros

RhinoMedRhinoceros (French original title Rhinocéros) is a play by Eugène Loeso, written in 1959. The play belongs to the school of drama known as the theatre of the absurd. Over the course of three acts, the inhabitants of a small, provincial French town turn into rhinoceroses; the central character, Bérenger, a flustered everyman figure who is often criticized throughout the play for his drinking and tardiness, is ultimately the only human who does not succumb to this mass metamorphosis. The play is often read as a response to the sudden upsurge of Fascism and Nazism during the events preceding World War II, and explores the themes of conformity, culture, philosophy, and morality. - Wikipedia

 

Directed by Jason Zembuch

 

Video From Play

In this clip you see the final scene of act three where the character Jean (played by Kevin Pape) completes his transition into a Rhinoceros and Berenger (played by Mario Aivazian) begins to sense the isolation individuality can bring.

 

CAST LIST

JEAN ....KEVIN PAPE
BERENGER ...MARIO AIVAZIAN
THE WAITRESS .....CAROL ROCK
THE GROCER ......JUSTIN WHITE
THE GROCERS WIFE ....LAUREN LITTLEJOHN
THE OLD GENTLEMAN .....JASON ROSEN
THE LOGICIAN .......JOSH OLIVERAS
THE HOUSEWIFE .......CRYSTAL GRAY
THE CAF PROPRIETOR ....ALVARO DAMICO
DAISY ....JAIMIE LEIGH KAUTZMANN
MR. PAPILLON ....JOSH WITTNEBEN
DUDARD ....ROB ODA
BOTARD ....FRANK GONZALEZ
MRS. BOEF .....JOANNA SALAS
A FIREMAN....BRYON ORR
THE LITTLE OLD MAN ....JOHN ENCALADA
THE LITTLE OLD MANS WIFE ....ANIKA GOMEZ

 

ENSEMBLE:
JOSH EDELSTEIN, SCOTT COLLINS, NOEL HARRIS, NICK CARLTON, LILIAN CASTILLO, FRANCESCA CROMARTIE, CHELSEA DEXTER, NATALIE FLOREZ, BIANCA JAMEISON, MONIKA KLUZIAK, ELIZABETH MARTINEZ, SYDNEY PIGAO, CAROL ROCK, KAYLA SMITH


UNDERSTUDIES
JEAN.. .JOSH WITTNEBEN
BERENGER ....ROB ODA
THE WAITRESS ....ANIKA GOMEZ
THE GROCER ....JOSH EDELSTEIN
THE GROCERS WIFE ....BIANCA JAMEISON
THE OLD GENTLEMAN ....NOEL HARRIS
THE LOGICIAN .....MONIKA KLUZIAK
THE HOUSEWIFE.....SYDNEY PIGAO
THE CAF PROPRIETOR ...BRYON ORR
DAISY....FRANCESCA CROMARTIE
MR. PAPILLON JOANNA SALAS
DUDARD....JUSTIN WHITE
BOTARD ....JASON ROSEN
MRS. BOEF....LILIAN CASTILLO
A FIREMAN....NATALIE FLOREZ
THE LITTLE OLD MAN ....NICK CARLTON
THE LITTLE OLD MANS WIFE....CHELSEA DEXTER

 

Cappies

"Rhinoceros" Nominated for 13 Cappie Awards!

The winter production of Eugène Loeso's "Rhinoceros" has garnered 13 nominations from the prestegious Cappies, the critics and awards program for high school theatre.

Here are the nominations:

  • Best Play
  • Lead Actor in a Play: Mario Aivazian
  • Lead Actress in a Play: Jaimie Kautzmann
  • Featured Actor in a Play: Kevin Pape
  • Comic Actress in a Play: Crystal Gray
  • Cameo Actor in a Play: Bryon Orr
  • Cameo Actress in a Play: Anika Gomez
  • Ensemble in a Play: The entire ensemble
  • Stage Crew: Joe Rawda
  • Props & Effects: Mercedes Brandt
  • Lighting: James Parrott
  • Sound: Rene Martinez
  • Costumes: Kellie Smith

 

"Rhinoceros" Wins Six Cappies

It was a big night for South Plantation High School's Theater Department, particularly the unsung heroes of the technical crew, as 6 students were awarded Cappies for their work on the 2007 winter production of Eugene Loeso's 1959 absurdist play, "Rhinoceros".

Here is a list of the six winning catagories and the recipients who were honored:

  • Cameo Actor in a Play: Bryon Orr
  • Cameo Actress in a Play: Anika Gomez
  • Stage Crew: Joe Rawda
  • Lighting: James Parrott
  • Sound: Rene Martinez
  • Costumes: Kellie Smith

Throughout the ceremony all nominated high schools performed select scenes from their respective plays. The Paladin Players chose to perform the very last scene from "Rhinoceros". It is a powerful ensemble scene where the protagonist, Berenger ( Mario Aivazian), faced with the fact that his entire town has succumbed to becoming Rhinoceroses, has to decide whether he will become one himself or choose to stand alone in his individuality. We are pleased to be able to share this clip from this Cappie performance.

Cappies are the critics and awards program for high school theatre. The ceremony was held at the Broward Center For Performing Arts on Monday, May 19, 2008.

To learn more about this production, see a clip from the play and read the original Cappie reviews, visit our "Rhinoceros" production page. Congratulations to all our winners, nominees and the entire cast and crew of "Rhinoceros"!!!!

 

Click here to read the Cappie Reviews from Rhinoceros!

 

CREW LIST

Assistant Director...Nick Carlton*

Junior Producers.... Lauren Littlejohn** & Joanna Salas**
Producers in Training....Amanda Forbes, Natasha Richards, Megan Lunsford*
Publicity Crew....Myrlene Petit-Frere, Ashley Ahringer, Chloe Dodd

Stage Manager....Joe Rawda
Assistant Stage Managers....Antonio Soberanis & Saran Stewart
Runners.... Christian Rodriguez**, Lee Honeycutt

Lighting Designer TBA
Assistant Lighting Designer / Light Board Op... James Parrott
Lighting Crew.... Daniel Sterkel, Shawn Abrahams, Jesse Whitelaw

Sound Designer / Sound Board Op.... Rene Martinez
Sound Apprentices.... Danielle Merritt & Joey Canosa

Costume Designer.... Chelsea Pedersen
Assistant Costume Designer.... Kellie Smith*
Costume Run Crew Mistress.... Lisabeth Frederick
Costume Run Crew.... Kellie Smith*, Victoria McLean, Megan Lunsford*

Hair / Makeup Designers & Crew Chiefs.... Lauren Littlejohn** & Joanna Salas**
Hair / Makeup Crew.... Giovanna Vasquez, Sam Silverman

Props Designer / Run Crew Mistress.... Mercedes Brandt
Props Crew.... Brittany Baier, Eric Potter


Deck Manager.... Anika Gomez*

Set Run Crew
Ernst Dominique*, Christian Rodriguez**, Anthony Clements*,
Allie Santamauro*, + all members of the ensemble

Master Carpenter TBA

Set Construction Crew
Ernst Dominique*, Evan Thompson, Anthony Clements*, Kevin Pape*, Jason Rosen*, Josh Wittneben*, Scott Collins*, Lilian Castillo*, Christian Rodriguez**

Lead Scenic Artist - TBA
Set Paint Crew.... Sara Yonkers, Cheyna Alldredge, Megan Morse, Alli Santamauro*

Video Doc Chief.... Rob Oda*

Program Editors.... Mary 1 & Mary 2
Program Editing Crew.... Erin Kurnia & Elizabeth Motisi

House Manager.... Karina Aviles



House Staff
Rashida Miller, Alina Ayub, OBrien Johnson,
Beauchamps Nickers, Christine Niman, Sabrina Chande,
Ethan Alldredge, Andrey Patino, Shawn Houston, Brandon Acosta


 



 
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