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Fairy Tales of the Absurd

Two plays by Eugène Ionesco and one by Edward Einhorn

Directed by Edward Einhorn

Two plays from the IONESCO FESTIVAL combine with an original play

"Almost unbearably funny" - The New York Times


Tales for Children

by Eugene Ionesco
Translated by Karen Ott
Stage adapatation by Edward Einhorn

Father: John Blaylock
Josette: Uma Incrocci
Narrator: Celia Montgomery

Photo: John Blaylock, Una Incrocci, and Celia Montgomery in a scene from "Tales for Children"

Tales for Children is adapted from actual stories Ionesco told to his daughter, Marie-France, whose efforts made the Ionesco Festival possible. It will be given an original translation by Karen Ott and Edward Einhorn. The father in the play tells the daughter about bizarre, imaginary worlds, such as one in which everyone is named Jacqueline and one in which familiar words all have alternate meanings. A life-sized puppet plays the part of the daughter, and stick puppets are used throughout to augment the narrative. The Village Voice praised the play's "Pop Art panache" and said the role of the daughter was "wonderfully played by Uma Incrocci."

To Prepare a Hard Boiled Egg

by Eugene Ionesco
Translated by Edward Einhorn

Man: Peter B. Brown

Photo: Peter B. Brown in a scene from "To Prepare a Hard Boiled Egg"

To Prepare a Hard Boiled Egg was given its first ever English translation in the Ionesco Festival by Edward Einhorn. According to Back Stage, "Peter Brown wittily plays a chef giving a lecture on how to boil an egg, keeping his tongue firmly in cheek." The seven minute piece was written as a gift for Ionesco's friend, Jean Falloin, a poet and "gastronome."

One Head Too Many

by Edward Einhorn

King Jo: John Blaylock
Narrator/Prince Hermy: Peter B. Brown
King Kustard/Jo's Father: Ian W. Hill
Princess Lilla/Queen Zilda: Uma Incrocci
Queen Jo/Dame Digga: Celia Montgomery

Photo: The cast of "One Head Too Many"

One Head Too Many is a fairytale set on another planet, which tells the story of a Princess who marries her second head. In her adventures, the Princess meets a witch who specializes in transforming royalty and a pudding king whom the witch has transformed. Its absurd humor matches Ionesco's tales, and it uses puppets in the roles of the second head and various other roles.

Directed by Edward Einhorn
Produced by David A. Einhorn

Original Music by William Niederkorn

Stage Manager & Puppets Design: Berit Johnson
Assistant Stage Manager: Karene Morris
Assistant Director: Glory Sims Bowen
Dramaturg: Karen Ott
Costume Designer: Carla Gant
Set Designer: Michelle Malavet
Lighting Designer: Gregg Carville
Assistant Lighting Designer: Paul Bradley
Costume Design Assistant: Jennifer Rose
Tech Director: Rick Juliano
House Manager: Maxwell Zener
Publicity Materials: Wilde Mule Productions
Publicity by OPR/Origlio Public Relations
Interns: Jenn Ingham, Lindsay Mejer, Stacey Pulamano, Alexandra Cohen-Spiegler, Jennifer Spinello, Lauren Vaicels, Katy Wright-Mead

Photo: Uma Incrocci and Josette in "Tales for Children"

Performances were at Theatre 80
June 6-29, 2004

Previous performances were held at at P.S. 122, from August 10 - August 25 as part of the New York International Fringe Festival and performances of Tales for Children and To Prepare a Hard Boiled Egg were also held as part of the IONESCO FESTIVAL

Photo: Uma Incrocci and Hermy in "One Head Too Many"


"The laughter feels like spring in Fairy Tales of the Absurd... a bright production with witty music and puppets galore….Almost unbearably funny. [Peter B. Brown's] pacing and diction are perfect."
The New York Times, D. J. R. Bruckner, June 18, 2003

"Ionesco's puncturing of pretension and his ability to find pure silliness in the everyday seem tailor-made for the young...the staging is also hilarious."
The New York Times, Laurel Graeber, June 20, 2003

"Staged with Pop Art panache by Edward Einhorn, Tales for Children... jauntily lays out Ionesco's thematic preoccupation with the way our minds are duped from the outset by parental chicanery."
The Village Voice September 18, 2001

"While many adults may find the show enjoyable and humorous, children savor the zany nature of the fairy tales."
Theatermania, June 13, 2003

"The use of puppetry, bright colored costumes, props, and sets, and cheerful music between scenes lends this would be-Electra story a bouncy sensibility that children will appreciate…The costumes in "Head" have a Mardi Gras quality to them, and the actors' make-up is terrific. Incrocci's extra head is another example of puppetry executed with charm and style."
Show Business Weekly June 25, 2003

"Ian W. Hill portrays the most personable and engaging talking food that I believe I've ever seen on stage. You'll be enchanted by the delicious variety of two writers' imaginations-Ionesco's and Einhorn's-as they take you and your family on a pleasant and happy journey to the cockeyed worlds beyond our own."
Nytheatre.com, June 11, 2003

"The small cast of actors is excellent. Uma Incrocci is a gifted puppeteer. Peter B. Brown and Celia Montgomery are so versatile that they nearly steal the show. It's quite an assembly of talent, including the first-rate puppetry.
Curtain Up, June 13, 2003

"Like any good comedy sketch, "One Head Too Many" works on several levels. The silliness obviously appeals to the very young while at the same time the witty dialog among the bickering parents can be appreciated by adults. Mr. Einhorn's particular brand of humor makes this story ideal family fare. Children's theater and literature are all the richer thanks to Mr. Einhorn's wealth of talents."
PuppetMaster, June 25, 2003

"An unequivocal delight"
Electronic Link, June 18, 2003

"A winning cast...As director, Einhorn demonstrates a perfection of timing and expression...the gift of Einhorn is the common humanity he injects into his delightfully idiosyncratic characters."
New York Arts Magazine, September 9, 2002

"A delighful introduction to the wonders of the surreal...light-hearted and entertaining without becoming sugar-coated."
Off-Off-Broadway Review

"A fun, imaginative and playful time for all."
NYTheatre.com Auust 15, 2002

"A witty exaggeration of the ageless parental ritual of storytelling to children."
New York Theatre Wire

"A very enjoyable show, fabulous for the adults and fabulous the the kids."
"Hi Drama" August 16, 2002

"Peter Brown wittily plays a chef giving a lecture on how to boil an egg, keeping his tongue firmly in cheek."
Back Stage November 30, 2001

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