Performance Dates

February 27- March 4, 2019

Artistic Staff

The play was directed by visiting Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts Christopher Connelly. The production team included Whitney Lehn Meltz (Scenic/Projection Designer), Kyle Pingel (Costume Designer), David Allen Stoughton (Lighting Designer), and Kate Hopgood (Sound Desgner). Cast members included: Brooke Emmerich '18 (The Grocer’s Wife), Holden Ginn '18 (Dudard), Melissa Iheakam '18 (The Housewife), Paola Lehman '19 (Mrs. Boeuf), Maya McGowan '20 (Daisy), Will Mueller '19 (Jean), Jaclyn Salgado '18 (Botard), Juna Shai '18 (The Waitress), Megan Sperger '18 (The Grocer), Cami Tokowitz '19 (The Café Proprietor), Travis Ulrich '20 (The Fireman), Tuxford Turner '19 (Papillon), Robert Wilson '19 (The Old Gentleman), Chris Woodley '20 (Berenger) and Libby Zabit '18 (The Logician).


The Illinois Wesleyan University School of Theatre Arts production of Eugène Ionesco’s savage satire Rhinoceros. Performance dates February 27 through March 4, 2018 at the Jerome Mirza Theatre, McPherson Hall. Originally set in a small French town, the play was adapted to take place on the Illinois Wesleyan campus and local community. Rhinoceros is a commentary on the human condition, as the community is suddenly besieged by one roaring citizen who finds himself turning into a rhinoceros and proceeds to trample on the social order. As with any “disease,” more citizens become infected. Written in 1959 in response to the resurfacing of fascism in parts of Europe, the play explores the theme of social conformity as average citizens turn into mindless savages.




Bloomington, Il.


Theatre and Performance Studies


Rhinoceros, play, drama, live performance

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