Sept. 15, 2010
Webster University’s Conservatory of Theatre Arts Presents the Darkly Comic "The Insect Play"
Webster University's Conservatory of Theatre Arts presents "The Insect Play" by Karel and Joseph Capek. The production runs from Sept. 29-Oct. 3 and Oct. 6-10, in the Emerson Studio Theatre, 130 Edgar Road. Curtain time is 7:30 p.m., except Sundays, which presents 2 p.m. matinees only. Admission is $12 for the general public and $6 for senior adults and students. For ticket reservations, call the Fine Arts Hotline at 968-7128.
"The Insect Play" is a fable for the modern age. Though it was written in 1922 in what was then known as Czechoslovakia, the play examines issues that are still relevant today. A homeless traveler, displaced by war, observes the ruthlessness of human nature through a close look at self-obsessed hedonistic butterflies, hoarding dung beetles and ants with political and military ambitions.
Alternating between the hilarious and the horrific, the play investigates very human ideas about love and sex, work and family, and war and death. Full of memorable characters and moral questions, "The Insect Play" is a darkly comic look at the everyday struggles of our modern lives.
Jef Awada, assistant professor of movement in Webster's Conservatory of Theatre Arts, directs "The Insect Play."