by Eugène Ionesco

in a new translation by Rob Melrose

directed by Rob Melrose

The Cutting Ball Theater

Director • Translator • Playwright     

"A Surreal Delight...

It’s a lively production of a compact gem that could just as easily be impenetrable in less capable hands… Translator/director Melrose’s crisp 65-minute staging brings out (the) humor beautifully and makes even the more abstruse patches entertaining.
-Sam Hurwitt

Marin Independent Journal

"Cast and director ground the play’s giddy, unhinged quality in bright, highly articulate, physically taut comedic performances."

-Rob Avila

San Francisco Bay Guardian

Photos by Rob Melrose

For performance rights, please contact:

Max Grossman

Abrams Artists Agency

275 Seventh Avenue 26th Floor

New York, NY 10001

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"The Cutting Ball ensemble functions like a well-oiled machine… Within Melrose’s tight orchestration, each actor finds whole volumes of delicious nuances.
-Jean Schiffman

San Francisco Examiner

Rob Melrose

"It’s glorious and weird,

and you absolutely shouldn’t miss it."

-Chris Jensen

San Francisco Weekly

by Eugène Ionesco
in a new translation by Rob Melrose
The Cutting Ball Theater
October 23 - January 24

Directed by Rob Melrose
Set Design by Michael Locher
Costume Design by Bessie DeLucchi
Lighting Design by Stephanie Buchner
Original Music / Sound Design by Ryan Kleeman
​Dramaturgy by Nakissa Etemad

Mr. SmithDavid Sinaiko
Mrs. SmithPaige Rogers
Mr. MartinDonell Hill
Mrs. MartinCaitlyn Louchard
Mary, the maidAnjali Vashi
The Fire CaptainDerek Fischer