30th anniversary production of IONESCOPADE at The Odyssey Theatre Ensemble

Opening June 1, 2013. Rehearsals are going great!

Ionescopade - a musical vaudeville - directed by Bill Castellino. Written up on Broadway World

Taken from the plays, playlets and poetry of “Theatre of the Absurd” playwright Eugène Ionesco (Rhinoceros, The Bald Soprano, Exit the King), Ionescopade is a zany musical vaudeville featuring song, mime, farce, and parody – all hilariously balanced on the edge of madness.

“Thirty years after directing and choreographing the Odyssey Theatre‘s award-winning West Coast premiere, and following a wildly successful Off Broadway revival at the York Theatre last season, Bill Castellino reunites with musical director Gerald Sternbach to charm audiences with a revitalized, updated version of Ionescopade at The Odyssey Theatre…” – Broadway World

►► Read the whole article on Broadway World.
►► Ionescopade at the Odyssey website

Then and Now:

Ionescopade then and nowA cast of 7

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I’m sharing the stage with: Alan Abelew (Odyssey Theatre productions of Theatre in the Dark, Sliding Into Hades, Threepenny Opera, Mary Barnes, Kvetch), Andrew Ableson (L.A. credits: Orson’s Shadow, Torn, The Beastly Bombing, End Days, Smoke Lilies & Jade), Joey D’Auria (Emmy Award-winning actor and voice talent best known as WGN-TV Chicago’s Bozo the Clown from 1984-2001), Cristina Gerla (The Grapes Of Wrath at A Noise Within), Tom Lowe (West End productions of Les Mis and Cats, Les Mis at the Hollywood Bowl) and Jennifer Malenke (Into the Woods on Broadway, MTG’s Chess and Little Women as Meg).

Sharp-edged and funny, IONESCOPADE presents a new look at the works of the prolific and influential absurdist playwright Eugene Ionesco, famous for his plays The Bald Soprano, Rhinoceros, The Chairs and Exit the King. Ionesco’s plays, playlets and poetry transport us into a zany musical vaudeville, where humor is the antidote to the world’s realities.

Scenic design is by Emmy Award-winner David Potts (Deadwood), lighting design is by Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Career Achievement Award-winner Jeremy Pivnick. Costume design is by Mylette Nora, whose work has been seen previously at the Odyssey in What the Butler Saw and Blood Wedding. Ron Sossi produces for the Odyssey Theatre Ensemble.

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