Westmont senior Laurie Niesen uncovers playwright Eugéne Ionesco’s attack on linguistic meaning during a lecture, “I Can’t Go On, I’ll Go On: Theatrical Modernism and Mitchell Thomas’ Staging of Ionesco’s the Bald Soprano,” Friday, Oct. 23, at 3:30 p.m. in Porter Theatre. Niesen has been working as dramaturge and production research assistant for The Bald Soprano, which is being performed Oct. 22-24, 29-31 in Porter Theatre. Thomas, who directs the play, will speak at the lecture, as well as John Blondell, Westmont theatre arts professor.
Niesen says she hopes to demystify the play by exploring its relevance to contemporary time. “My ultimate goal is to open up conversations about the play that consider why humans, and in particular Christians and Americans, struggle with Ionesco’s iconoclastic view of linguistic meaning,” she says.