Genre: Classical, Comedy, Other
Written by Eugene Ionesco, Luigi Pirandello; directed by Joseph Hendel

Joseph Hendel, Lauren Rayner, and ADEV Inc. present Eugene Ionesco's The Future is in Eggs and Luigi Pirandello's Sicilian Limes two forgotten modernist plays that are incredibly relevant in an age of economic scarcity, political pessimism, and cultural disaffection. Through strong improvisational-based acting and a cutting-edge use of technology, this production will unite the stylistically disparate one-acts into a coherent expression of hopeful defiance, one that entertains while simultaneously challenging the audience's perceptions about love, money, and personal fulfillment.

Ionesco's The Future is in Eggs is a daring and hysterical example of The Theater of the Absurd. After entering into an arranged marriage, it is time for Jacques and Robertato produce some offspring. With their family members eagerly looking on they begin to “hatch” their eggs. In Pirandello's Sicilian Limes a dark, expressionistic farce, small-town musician Micuccio comes to the big city to marry the poor country girl he helped turn into a famous opera star. In contrast to the Ionesco play, which is played more traditionally to the audience, the Pirandello play offers so many possible interpretations that it will be presented using never-before-used interactive audio technology, affording the audience access to multiple perspectives and engaging them in the theater-making process.

The company includes Adam Hocherman, Bradley Sumner, Brendan Sokler, Frankie Johnson, Grace Folsom, Joel Malazita, Lisa Hickman, Meaghan Sloane, and Skylar Saltz.The creative team includes sound by Nick Engel, sets by Charlie Gaidicaand lights by Evan Gannon with direction by Joseph Hendel.

An innovative night of theatre using state-of-the-art technology and experimental acting to explore the work of two of the 20th century's greatest dramatists. Thought-provoking and visceral works that delight, enrage, and inspire: Joseph Hendel, Lauren Rayner, and ADEV Inc. present Ionesco’s The Future is in Eggs and Pirandello’s Sicilian Limes from June 17 thru June 26, 2011 at The Shell Theatre in New York City.



Joseph Hendel (DIRECTOR) is a young director working in New York City. Scion of a family of theater producers (most recently behind FELA! on Broadway), he is interested in creating work that is authentic and socially relevant. Recent productions include Moliere's The Learned Ladies at the Kraine, David Ives' All in the Timing at the Knitting Factory, and assistant director on David West Read's The Dream of the Burning Boy at the Roundabout Underground. He is also a skilled musician and improviser, playing trombone and keyboards in Gary Lucas' Gods and Monsters and performing at the Magnet Theater every other Tuesday on the house team Tambourine. He holds a B.A. in music from Yale University. 

Lauren Rayner (PRODUCER) is a producer, director, and playwright. Favorite Off-Off-Broadway producing credits include: disOriented (Peter Jay Sharp Theater, 42nd Street); Jesse Zaritt’s BINDING (PS 122; as producing associate, Theatre C; winner of 3 NY Innovative Theatre Awards), One Arm and A Leg (dir: Calla Videt; HERE and Theater for the New City); The Mask of Medusa (Roots & Wings Theatrical; ‘Thumbs Up Pick’ on TheaterOnline) and MENDACITY (Kraine Theater; extended by FRIGID New York). She is currently an Associate Producer for Theatre C and VoiceChair Productions and works at the Lark Play Development Center. In New York, she has worked at the Cherry Lane Theatre, The Play Company, Women’s Expressive Theatre, Ontological-Hysteric Theater, and in Los Angeles at Center Theatre Group.

ADEV Inc. (TECHNOLOGY COLLABORATOR) is the developer of MyStream, a new app now available at the iTunes store. The MyStream mobile app is a device-to-device audio broadcasting technology which provides users with the ability to synchronously and wirelessly listen to music together. For this production, MyStream will be used in conjunction with older technologies to offer an interactive theater experience that gives audience members access to multiple "streams" of language, sounds, and thought.


Running Time = 1 hour 15 minutes


Open:   06/17/11
Close:   06/26/11

June 17th thru June 26th
Fridays @ 8pm
Saturdays @ 8pm & 11pm
Sundays @ 6pm
Theater:   Turtle Shell Theater
Address:   300 W. 43rd St.
New York, NY 10036
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Cost:General $20; Students $15
Buy Tickets Online or Call: Brown Paper Tickets at 1-800-838-3006