A free staged reading of TRUMPUBOO REX: (King Turd Revisited)
Monday Feb 20th (Not My President's Day), 7:30 PM at Flynn Space
A FREE TICKETED EVENT: Tickets at the door at Flynn Ctr. for the Performing Arts, 153 Main Street, Burlington, VT
TRUMPUBOO REX: (King Turd Revisited)
Is adapted by David Schein and Seth Steinzor
from Alfred Jarry's UBU ROI
as part of the national Not My President's Day
Bad Hombres and Nasty Women's Theater Festival.
It is directed by David Schein.
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Schein and Steinzor have freely adapted Ubu Roi as an allegory for the ascendance of Donald Trump. The play chronicles his outrageous rise and fall: starting with his ascension to the “ Potty of POTUS,” and chronicling his trumpultuous reign, the Turd Rebellion, the invasion of Trumperica by Mexico, Canada, Monaco, and Djibouti, his eventual deposition, his pursuit and capture by the forces of the FLOTUS and his eventual escape to the farthest wilds of Poll Land.
The part of PAPA TRUMPUBOO will be multiple cast. The TURD CHORUS will accentuate the flatulence of PAPA TRUMBUBOO by playing Whoopi Cushions, as well as doubling as the WALL OF PUNDITS, VOICE of POLL-LAND, the DEBRAINING MACHINE and various mobs, armies and popular fascist and democratic movements. Other principals include, INVANKAPIECEOFASSUBOO, THE PONCE OF PENCE (BOSS OF WOMB), BARAKAKAPOTUS, THE FLOTUS, BAD VLAD, HILAROVA QUALIFIED, BERNOCIALIST, UNCLE BEN, JEFF SECESSION, STEVEVIL, KKKELLY ANN, SCI DENY, and other characters both heroic and despicable.
TRUMPUBOO REX is political theater as practiced by theater artists throughout the world, from the time of the Greek playwright Aristophanes to last week’s Saturday Night Live. In the tradition of Jarry, this production contains filthy language, sexual content of the most prurient kind and insulting references to the body parts, appearance, odor and intelligence of many people of note. Though childish, It is not suitable for children.
Ubu Roi (Ubu the King or King Ubu) is a play by Alfred Jarry. It was first performed in Paris at the Théâtre de l'Œuvre, causing a riotous response in the audience as it opened and closed on December 10, 1896. It is considered a wild, bizarre and comic play, significant for the way it overturns cultural rules, norms, and conventions, It is now seen by some to have opened the door for the Modernist movement in the twentieth century, and is a precursor to Dadaism, Surrealism and the Theatre of the Absurd.
Alfred Jarry was a French symbolist writer who is best known for his play Ubu Roi (1896). He also coined the term and philosophical concept of “pataphysics” – the science of imaginary solutions. Jarry wrote plays, novels, poetry, essays and speculative journalism. His texts present us with pioneering work in the fields of absurdist literature and postmodern philosophy. He died of alcoholism at the age of 34.
David Schein is a founding member of the Iowa Theater Lab, and with Robert Ernst and John O’Keefe, of Berkeley’s Blake Street Hawkeyes. He wrote for and performed with Whoopi Goldberg and created radio in Tijuana for NPR with Guillermo Gomez-Peña. He has performed his solo show “Out Comes Butch” throughout the world, and his opera “TOKENS: A Play on the Plague” composed with Candace Natvig, won three Bay Area Critic’s and three Hollywood Dramalogue awards. In 2002 Schein founded One Love AIDS/HIV Awareness Theater in Awassa, Ethiopia. He is the author of “My Murder and Other Local News”, published by Fomite Press, and recently, “Hotball” a musical about global warming written with Vermont poet, Geof Hewitt. His novel, largely set in Ethiopia, “The Adoption” will be published in 2016 by Fomite.
Seth Steinzor protested the Vietnam War during his high school years near Buffalo, New York, and his years at Middlebury College, advocated Native American causes after law school, and has made a career as a civil rights attorney, criminal prosecutor, and welfare attorney for the State of Vermont. Throughout he has written poetry. In early 1980s Boston he edited a small literary journal. For the last 15 years Seth has been rendering Dante’s Divine Comedy into personal and contempory poetry. His first, highly praised book, “To Join the Lost,” a modern rendition of Dante’s “Inferno,” was published in 2010. Recently his second book, “Among the Lost,” – a contempory interpretation of Dante’s “Purgatorio.” was published by Fomite Press. His rendition of “Paradisio,” the third book of the Divine Comedy, is in the works.