Eugene Ionesco’s Rhinoceros is a captivating, critically acclaimed commentary on what is absurd about human nature. Like the abstract artists of the early 20th century, Ionesco abstracts reality to comedic and terrifying effect. His unusual language, stylized structure, and grand symbolism define the writer’s place as the premiere playwright in what is known as the Theater of the Absurd.
From the opening scene, Ionesco asks how humans determine (or ought to determine) our self-worth. Is it from appearances, as Jean would convince Berenger? Or is it from something greater, something more complex and courageous, something that Berenger finally discovers? In his final line–“I will not capitulate!”–Berenger comes fully into his own and accepts that what matters most is not on the outside but what lies within. That is, any lasting sense of human self-worth arises from what makes us most human: our reasoned courage to follow through on our ethical principles in the face of changing circumstances.
Rhinoceros Director’s Note
An Absurdly comic, philosophical play RHINOCEROS by Ionesco and the theme is will and responsibility; absurdity and logic; fascism
As it is a play, there is no distinct point of view, but the audience sides with Berenger, the only person who sees through the rhinoceroses. However, Ionesco has the rhinoceroses grow more beautiful by the end to represent the changing perceptions of the remaining humans (such as Daisy), a fact that the audience cannot ignore.
The protagonist-Bourgeois alienation; escapism; harm/violence. There is no falling action; the curtain closes on Berenger’s climactic decision
The climax is delivered in the final line of the play, when Berenger decides to fight the rhinoceroses.
This play production is my own exploring way of modern scenario through the script to relief from my suffocation.
Birinchi Kumar Gogoi
Briti Rekha Bora
Kamal Prakashya kalita
Script: Eugene Ionesco
Assamese Translation: Ajit Baruah
Script Editing: Karuna Deka
Music- Rajib Medhi
Mask making : Jojo
Set execution : Diboshjyoti, Geetartha, Ankur kalita, Shirumoni and Pranjal Chutia.
Singer- Manoj Kashyap and Mrinmoyee Mamota
Costume, Design and Direction- Baharul Islam