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Performances

Due to the intimate nature of the Inge Theatre there will be no late seating for this production.

Saturday, December 6, 2014
7:30 p.m. 

Sunday, December 7, 2014
2:30 p.m. 

Monday, December 8, 2014
7:30 p.m. 

Tuesday, December 9, 2014
7:30 p.m. 

Wednesday, December 10, 2014
7:30 p.m. 

Thursday December 11, 2014
2:30 p.m. 


Ticket Prices

Adults - $1
Children - $10
Senior Citizens - $14
KU Faculty/Staff - $14
KU Students - $15 ($10 if purchased in advance)

The Last Cyclist
Reimagined and reconstructed by Naomi Patz, based on a cabaret written by Karel Švenk in the Terezín Ghetto in 1944

The William Inge Memorial Theatre

“The Cyclists are responsible for all of our misfortunes!” “Why the cyclists?” “Why the Jews?” This satirical joke hails from The Last Cyclist, a comedy written and rehearsed inside the Terezín Concentration Camp near Prague. The play was not performed after the final dress rehearsal, as it was feared that its clever satire of the treatment of Jews and others by the Nazis would bring fatal consequences. This new version has been reimagined and reconstructed by Naomi Patz, based on surviving accounts and scripts. It is presented as a play within a play wherein the audience sees history come to life as the Terezín inmates gather to rehearse this allegorical and absurdist story of a society in which the bicyclists have become the target for scapegoatism and elimination. The Last Cyclist is as funny as it is dangerously political, capturing the absurdity of life under the Nazis as well as the resilient spirit of the artists who originally constructed this production inside of Terezín.

Directed by Rachel Blackburn & Gina Sandi-Diaz
Scenic Design by Savannah Edgar
Lighting & Costume Design by Nannan Gu

Cast

Švenk/Mr. Abeles........................Michael Wysong
Ma'am/Mrs. Manickova....................Micayla Miller
Jana/Manicka/Red............................Tori Kilkenny
Hitler/Rat.................................................Eric Shin
Lunatic 1...........................Brianna Renee Woods
Lunatic 2..............................Emily Schwerdtfeger
Head Physician/Luna.......................Drew Hafling
Celery/Mr. Hippo/Lunatic 4...................Reid Stein
Mr. Opportunist/Big Shot........................Joe Lilek


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