Rare Terra Theatre follows its Chicago premiere of David Hirson's Wrong Mountain with Disfunctioning: Two by Ionesco at The Second Stage, 3408 North Sheffield, November 5 – December 15. The production, comprised of acclaimed playwright Eugene Ionesco's one acts The Lesson and Jack or The Submission is directed by Rare Terra founding member Dragan Torbica. Press opening is Wednesday, Nov. 7 at 8 p.m. Regular performance dates and times are Thursdays – Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 5 p.m. Previews are Monday, Nov. 5 and Tuesday, Nov. 6 at 8 p.m. Ticket prices range from $18 - $28 and can be purchased at www.rareterratheatre.com or call 773.305.5643.
Disfunctioning: Two by Ionesco is an evening of surprisingly funny plays that explores life's indignities amid a world that can only be seen as chaotic and filled with sadness. In The Lesson, oppressive domination and violence mixes with goofy hilarity and Jack or The Submission, displays a parody of family drama. Jack is surrounded by dysfunction, ridiculed and belittled by his family. He rebels against his self-serving parents and the thick-witted world. Despite all of this extraordinary human pain, the ridiculous in life triumphs in Ionesco's imagination. Rare Terra's approach to these plays exploits the tiny distance between suffering and human connection. As Ionesco wrote, "dreams and anguish bring us together."
Disfunctioning: Two by Ionesco features Gary F. Barth, Graham T. Brown, Vashti Emigh, Dan Essig, Nicholas Harazin, Cat Kusch, Lucinda Johnston, Naomi Lindh, and Catherine Price-Griffin.
The scenic designer is Rare Terra founding member Richard Sandoval, lighting designer is Frank Rose, costume designer is Emma Cullimore and original music is composed by Edward Davis.