Mounds Park Academy Theatre Arts Department will present one of the
theatre world's most unforgettable characters when Alfred Jarry's UBU
THE KING takes the stage in the Black Box Theatre.
UBU THE KING, directed by Barbara Bradley, opens on January 20, and
continues on January 21, 27, and 28. All performances begin at 8:00
Ticket reservations may be made be calling 651-748-5660. Ticket
prices are $10 for adults, and $8 for students and senior citizens.
Tickets may be picked up at the door a half hour before performance.
This production is not recommended for students under the age of 13.
About the play:
Causing a near-riot on its opening night in 1896, UBU THE KING is
the tale of a grotesque and foolish man who shouldn't be king. Ubu is
as ridiculous as he is brutal, a scatological scene stealer whose
unchecked ambition is bloodthirsty and misguided. He is a monster,
incited to his actions by his equally grotesque and greedy wife, Ma
Ubu. The story of the Ubus brief rise and rapid fall is full of laughs
and lessons. The show's exuberant energy is fueled with references
to MACBETH, politics, history, and unexpected imagery.
Historically, UBU THE KING is regarded as the vulgar precursor to the avant -garde theatre genre.
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