Brooklyn, NY — The Brooklyn College Department of Theater presents a Mainstage production of UBU® , a new adaptation of Alfred Jarry’s The Ubu Plays, in Gershwin Theater, November 30-December 10.
UBU® is a modern retelling of French playwright and “enfant terrible” Alfred Jarry’s Ubu trilogy. Originally written at the end of the 19th century as a satire on Jarry’s high school teacher, and a critique of middle-class values, The Ubu Plays were ultimately recognized as the beginnings of absurdist drama. In this new adaptation by director Helen Richardson, Ma and Pa Ubu are in Pertrolandia and during their rise to power they find themselves riding the big waves of fast food gastronomy, and trickledown economics, until all hell breaks loose!
During the premier of Ubu Roi at the Theatre de l’Oeuvre in Paris, 1896, the opening line, “merdrrrre.” or “shitter,” as we might say in English, created such a frenzy that it took fifteen minutes for the audience to calm down and return to their seats. As well, the play was criticized for its attack on dramatic and societal conventions. Playwright Alfred Jarry was catapulted to stardom overnight.
Performances of UBU®, directed by Helen E. Richardson, will be held on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 8 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m., from November 30 to December 10. (There is no Thursday, December 7 performance). Ticket prices are $12 general admission, $10 for senior citizens, and $5 for Brooklyn College students (with validated ID). For more information, call the Brooklyn Center box office, (718) 951-4500, or visit the Theater Department Web page.