University of Arkansas Department of Theatre Presents ‘The Chairs’

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The Ionesco absurdist classic will be performed April 2-5.

The Department of Theatre’s newest show is the Eugene Ionesco absurdist classic, “The Chairs.” This will be the final production for the 2014-2015 Studio Series.

Eugene Ionesco (1909-1994) was one of the foremost figures of the French avant-garde theatre. His other plays include “Rhinoceros” and “The Bald Soprano.” “The Chairs” discusses all of life’s biggest questions in a decidedly offbeat way. Is everyone simply rearranging chairs in preparation for events that never actually happen? What is life truly all about?

The play at the University of Arkansas is directed by Kholoud Sawaf (“A Doll’s House,” “Time Stands Still”), a third-year MFA director from Syria. The translation used for the production was done by Rob Melrose. It was commissioned and originally performed by The Cutting Ball Theater in San Francisco.

The production will be performed in Studio 404, on the fourth floor of Kimpel Hall on the University of Arkansas campus. Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. on April 2 through April 5. Ticket prices are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and faculty/staff and $5 for students. No free student tickets are available for the Studio Series. Due to high demand and limited seating, it is strongly recommended that patrons make reservations at in advance.

The University of Arkansas Department of Theatre has been providing exciting and affordable live theatre for more than 60 years. They combine a first-rate theatrical education full of hands-on experience with a wide selection of titles to challenge their students and delight the community. The Theatre Department produces eight to 10 shows each year: four large-scale productions at the University Theatre and four to six smaller shows in the Studio Series. Shows range from new works to classic favorites, from period pieces and Shakespeare plays to Broadway musicals. For more information, visit their website at

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