Two office workers try to keep their affair under wraps… only to find that existential chit chat is more suspect than regular old flirtation. Theatre of the Absurd
Written by: Carlos Pelayo Gutierrez Nakatani
Producer/Director: Patti Henderson
The Theatre of the Absurd (French: Théâtre de l’Absurde). A form of drama that emphasizes the absurdity of human existence by employing disjointed, repetitious, and meaningless dialogue, purposeless and confusing situations.
Much of the dialogue in Absurdist drama (especially in Beckett’s and Albee’s plays, for example) reflects this kind of evasiveness and inability to make a connection.
Despite its reputation for nonsense language, much of the dialogue in Absurdist plays is naturalistic. The moments when characters resort to nonsense language or clichés–when words appear to have lost their denotative function, thus creating misunderstanding among the characters–make the Theatre of the Absurd distinctive. The language frequently gains a certain phonetic, rhythmical, almost musical quality, opening up a wide range of often comedic playfulness.