Willamette University Theatre Presents: "The Bald Soprano" "The Lesson"

Willamette University Theatre will perform an evening of two classic one-act plays: ­"The Bald Soprano" and "The Lesson" by Eugene Ionesco, one of the foremost playwrights of the "Theatre of the Absurd."

The production will open Friday, Feb. 16 at 8 p.m. with a preview on Thursday, Feb. 15, also at 8 p.m. The show will run Feb. 15-17 and 22-24 at 8 p.m., with matinees Feb. 18 and 25 at 2 p.m. and Feb. 22 at 11 a.m.

Tickets are $10 for evening shows and $8 for matinees. Students and senior tickets are $6 all shows. Preview is half price. For ticket reservations, please contact the box office at 503-370-6221. For additional information, contact Jen Druback, Willamette University's theatre publicity manager, at 503-370-6222.

Ionesco's first play, "The Bald Soprano," satirizes the monotony of the daily lives of the English, middle class, frozen in their meaningless formalities. He places the tragic and farcical side by side. In "The Lesson," a teacher gains domination over his pupil through his superior use of language.

Several Willamette University theatre professors are involved with this production. Prof. Julie Akers will be directing the production, her fifth at Willamette. Scene design is by Prof. Chris Harris. Light design is by Clay Everett, with costume design by Bobby Brewer-Wallin.