FSCC Theatre to Stage The Bald Soprano

October 3, 2016

FSCC Theatre to Stage The Bald Soprano

Fort Scott, Kan.—The Fort Scott Community College Theatre Department will present “The Bald Soprano,” Thursday, October 20 through Saturday, October 22.


“The Bald Soprano,” was written by Eugene Ionesco in 1950. “This play is a significant part of the Absurdist movement in theatre. The original version of the play takes place in London, but we have adapted the script to fit in the United States,” said Lawrence Alford, FSCC Theatre Instructor. “The concept of the production is based around the 2016 presidential election campaigns. The characters in the play will represent four significant groups—the American voter, the American media, Democratic Party, and Republican Party.”


While the play has no discernible plot or storyline, it follows a stream of consciousness. The main message of “The Bald Soprano,” is that language cannot be used as a vehicle for change if no one is saying anything and no one is listening. The play expresses the futility of meaningful communication in modern society.


“One of the main reasons I chose this play is because my students are voting in their first presidential election,” said Alford. “The play will not take a side in the election—it will attempt to show the absurd nature of the presidential campaign process as a whole.”


The production opens on October 20 and runs through October 22. Showtime is 7:30 pm. Performances will be held at Danny and Willa Ellis Family Fine Arts Center, 2108 S. Horton, Fort Scott, KS. General admission tickets may be purchased at the door on the day of the show—prices are $5 for adults, $4 for students and seniors, and free for FSCC students.


For more information, call Lawrence Alford at 620-223-2700 ext. 3056.


Photo caption – Back row: Courtney Millard as Mary. Middle row, pictured from left to right: Stephanie Rice as Mrs. Martin, Jason Clissold as Mr. Martin, Linda Shinkle as Mrs. Smith, and Jared Oshel as Mr. Smith. Front row: Kainon Roberts as the Fire Chief.

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